As you may know, port strikes that started on June 22, 2023, in Canada have thrown a significant wrench into the works of the global supply chain. The strike action encompasses Canada’s major west coast ports: Vancouver and Prince Rupert, known for handling international trade. Consequently, the ripple effect of these strikes is felt worldwide.
The repercussions are evident. Ships find themselves in queues at the ports, and there’s an unprecedented shortage of containers. These situations inevitably lead to extensive delays in imports and exports. Sadly, the fallout of the strikes isn’t limited to delays. A significant cost escalation has been another unfortunate outcome. As shipping costs spiral upwards, businesses, to maintain their operations, will inevitably pass on the increased costs to consumers. Consequently, customers may have to brace themselves for a potential rise in prices of various goods, ranging from furniture to electronics, if an agreement isn’t reached.
The wide-scale impact of these strikes resonates across various industries, including retail, manufacturing, and agriculture. The stakes are high, with losses amounting to millions of dollars in revenue and an escalating shortage of goods contributing to inflationary pressures. Unfortunately, with unions and employers deadlocked in negotiations over wage increments and improved working conditions, the end of the strikes and consequent disruptions remain uncertain.
What Zarach Customers Can Do?
We understand the challenges that this situation poses for our valued customers. If the Canadian port strikes impact you, here’s what you can do:
- Keep in touch with your freight forwarder or carrier to stay updated on your shipment status.
- Consider rerouting your shipment to another port if necessary.
- Stay prepared for potential delays and cost increases due to the ongoing situation.
At Zarach, we deeply regret any inconvenience this situation may cause. Rest assured; we’re dedicated to working tirelessly with our partners to minimize the impact on your shipments.
We appreciate your understanding and patience during these challenging times. We welcome you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the strikes and their potential impact on your business. We’re here to assist and guide you through this turbulent period. Reach out with your questions today.