BC Port Workers Resume Strike After Union Rejects Tentative Deal

blog | Jul 19, 2023

Thousands of port workers across British Columbia have resumed strike activity after failing to ratify a tentative deal that was reached through federal mediation. All BC port activities have ceased as of 4:30 P.M. on Tuesday, July 18, 2023. The BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) said in a statement on Tuesday that strike activity will resume due to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU)'s internal caucus having rejected the tentative agreement.  

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CN rail advised that they will immediately commence an orderly wind-down of international intermodal services to ports in British Columbia and will be prepared to resume services expeditiously as soon as the work stoppage ends. We can expect similar action from CP rail.  

Delmar International has shipped all (LCL) cargo destined to Montreal and Toronto via all water services and will continue to use these gateways until the West Coast situation is resolved and congestion is stabilized.  

Delmar has scaled its capacities to service our customers FCL cargo on both all water services as well as transloading cargo via Los Angeles, Tacoma and New York ports with final mile deliveries to all Canadian destinations. 

In view of this prolonged disruption, which is now approaching critical time sensitive peak shipping periods, Delmar will shortly introduce expedited LCL sea truck and air service offerings via US gateways in addition to the above alternatives. 


For additional information and assistance, please contact your local Delmar Representative.