Port of Vancouver experiencing a surge in intermodal congestion

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West Coast ports in Canada, especially Vancouver, are facing significant backlogs and congestion due to a surge in imports and a shortage of railcars. RailState reports that March intermodal volumes at the Port of Vancouver reached the highest levels since August 2022, driven by global shipping reroutings and increased goods movement post-COVID. Despite a 10% increase from February and substantial year-over-year growth, the availability of railcars has not kept up, causing extended dwell times and congestion. Efforts to manage the surge include loading more containers per train, but the clearing process is slow. Moreover, potential labour disruptions loom as Canada’s major railways, CN and CPKC, face conciliation ahead of a possible May strike, further complicating the situation. Local businesses are monitoring the situation closely, with some already experiencing delays in shipments.

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