August 7, 2020 – Please be advised that the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has received 72 hours’ advance notice from the Longshoremen Union for an indefinite general strike beginning on Monday, August 10 at 7:00 a.m. This indefinite work stoppage would result in the suspension of berthage services normally provided by longshoremen/longshorewomen and the handling of goods in the Port of Montreal terminals as of August 10 at 7:00 a.m. Not affected by this situation are: liquid bulk handling, the Oceanex service (Bickerdike Terminal) and the grain terminal (Viterra). The Montreal Port Authority invites clients to contact or consult the websites of operators such as Termont (Viau and Maisonneuve) and MGTP (Cast and Racine) to learn the latest on the situation.
August 6, 2020 – he stand-off between labour and employers at the Port of Montreal saw another strike disrupting container traffic this week. Frustrated by the situation, carriers have begun to redirect vessels to other ports. Following the end of consecutive strikes by longshoremen and port checkers, which halted operations at the port’s terminals last week, longshoremen began another 96-hour strike on Monday, which will end on Friday. Port checkers announced parallel action from Wednesday to Friday morning. Canaan Transport will continue to pro-actively assist customers who may be affected by this situation. CMA CGM Canada issued a notice this week to advise customers that it may divert Montreal-bound vessels to alternate ports or terminals in Canada "at very short notice," given the strike situation. It noted that any additional charges arising as a consequence of changes to routings would be passed onto the shipments.
August 3, 2020 – Notice issued Monday by the Montreal Gateway Terminals, operator of the Racine and Cast terminals: Given the uncertainties of the current labour situation at the Port of Montreal, effective immediately, MGT will not be in a position to accept any further exports until further notice.
July 31, 2020 – This morning, the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) received a 72-hour strike notice from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 375 informing them of a strike at Termont beginning Monday August 3, at 7:00 am until Friday August 7, at 06:59 am, a period of four days. The strike will target operations at Termont’s two terminals, Viau and Maisonneuve
July 29, 2020 – The Maritime Employers Association received a notice to strike from the Port of Montreal Checkers union’s executive committee. The strike will start on Friday, July 31st at 5:59 am and end on Saturday, August 1st, at 5:59 pm. This will undoubtedly extend the delay in getting the port back to normal operations.
July 27, 2020 – A top German industry official said the failure of talks between the European Union and the UK over a future relationship is “almost inevitable” and warned of “economic disaster.” There are too many outstanding issues for them to be resolved in time and companies on both sides of the English Channel should “prepare for bilateral trade without an agreement under WTO rules,” Joachim Lang, managing director of Germany’s BDI industry lobby, said in a statement Friday. “German industry does not expect the UK to complete the infrastructure for cross-border trade in time,” Lang added. “Companies face the threat of new tariffs, additional bureaucracy and an economic disaster.”
July 27, 2020 – The Port of Montreal remains closed as strike action affects most of the terminals and operations in the city. Affected customers have been provided with what little alternatives remain as the strike is expected to be lifted by August 1st. More as it develops.
July 24, 2020 – The Maritime Employers Association has announced that the longshoremen’s union will apply pressure tactics via a 72-hour general strike that will take place at the Port of Montreal next week, from July 27 to July 31, ending at 6:59 on July 31. All terminals will be affected except for Oceanex services and the grain terminals. Negotiations will continue today and the MEA is hopeful there will be further confirmed bargaining dates next week.
July 20, 2020 – An update issued by the Maritime Employers Association on Friday regarding the Port of Montreal labour negotiatons said that there were 8 days of intensive negotiations since July 3rd. They will resume next Wednesday July 22th but little progress has been achieved on key elements. Their priority remains negotiations in order to reach a mutually profitable agreement but further strikes may be on the horizon.
July 13, 2020 – On July 15, new requirements relating to licensing, preventive controls and traceability under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) begin to apply to businesses in the manufactured food sector. As of this date, businesses are expected to meet requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations, as well as other SFCR requirements that were applicable prior to July 15, 2020, including those related to food safety, exports, packaging and labelling. The CFIA encourages businesses in this sector to review and, where possible, take steps to meet new licensing, preventive control and traceability requirements of the SFCR. To support businesses in these efforts, the CFIA has made improvements to the Toolkit for food businesses and has launched a food business requirements virtual assistant to help them find key information and resources on the website. If you require more information, please let us know so that we can assist you.