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Port of Montreal acknowledges the advance notice for a federal Special Act

[ April 29, 2021   //   ]

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) acknowledges the federal government’s advance notice of a Special Act supporting the resumption and maintenance of port activities in Montreal, clearly recognizing the strategic character of the Port of Montreal.
“After several strike episodes in 2020 and 2021, which have had and continue to have serious economic and logistical impact, it is mission-critical that the Port of Montreal be able to fully and sustainably play its strategic role as an economic engine at the service of the local population and SMEs without interruption,” said Martin Imbleau, MPA president and CEO.
A partial strike now underway and notice of an unlimited general strike sent by the union have resulted in a total halt of cargo handling activities since last Friday. Port of Montreal clients can expect delays in the delivery of their goods for the next few days and even weeks.
On average, the MPA handles $275 million worth of goods every day, ranging from agri-food products, pharmaceuticals and construction equipment to flagship products exported by local companies. A recent economic study found that a disruption of port activities incurs a loss of $10 million to $25 million per day for the economy.
It should be noted that the strike episodes in the summer of 2020 hit hard, with 80,000 TEUs grounded or rerouted and some 20 vessels diverted to competing ports, a trend that
certain shipping lines began in recent months given the uncertainty associated with the labor dispute.
In the recent partial strike episode, after a single weekend of stoppage, the impact was already significant: close to 10,000 TEUs grounded, a backlog and delays in rail convoys, and shipping lines with vessels en route to Montreal obliged to rework their logistics.