Canadian shippers concerned with potential Montreal port strike

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Contract negotiations between longshore workers and maritime employers at the Port of Montreal have stalled, and a 21-day “cooling off” period has begun, potentially leading to a strike on 4th of January 2024. Shippers are concerned about disruptions and are urging the Canadian government to intervene to prevent further issues following the Port of Vancouver’s strike earlier in the year. The Montreal Port Authority has already seen a 12% decline in container volume in 2023 compared to the previous year. Some industry representatives are calling for a legal definition of port operations as “essential services,” while the union argues that advance notice of a strike (72 hours) allows ships to find alternative ports.

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