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Potential Montreal Port Strike

Dear Customer,


As advised earlier this week, the unionized dockworkers (CUPE) have rejected the latest offer from the employers (MEA), having voted 99.71% to reject.


While it is understood today that CUPE and the MEA plan to resume negotiations in good faith there is potential that the union could issue their 72-hr strike notice at any time.


As we await further advisory on the status of continued negotiations it would appear that in the interim, both CN / CP have re-opened their gates for export receiving (in varying degree).


The rail terminals are advising that should strike notification be received they would immediately move to restrict / cease export receiving again stranding any out gated containers.


It is also expected that in response to strike notice, the vessel operators could omit their calls at Montreal and divert / delay vessels leaving containers on rail / on dock to dwell for the duration of the strike.


We will not be in a position to access containers in the pipeline once returned.


There is also the additional consideration re: cost accumulation.


We are being advised by the vessel lines that all accumulation of detention / storage against containers held up due to the strike will be billable.


Unfortunately, we are not currently in a position to quantify or valuate the expected costs.  Lines will be looking to pass along all associated expenses.


While we are doing our utmost to reduce the impact of these challenges to your business, our efforts continue to be impacted by factors beyond our control.  Additional expenses appliable that cannot be avoided will in turn be charged to the account of the cargo.


We will continue to be diligent in our communication of such charges and will continue to endeavor to provide market updates as they are announced to the industry.


Our Hensall Global team is here to support our customers and are available to answer any questions that you may have.





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