COMPANY NEWS

Ontario and Quebec businesses to begin shutting down effective Tuesday March 24 at 11:59 pm

March 23, 2020 – In an unprecedented move, the governments of Ontario and Quebec have announced their plan to shut down all non essential businesses in the most populous region in Canada starting tomorrow and lasting between 2 – 3 weeks. Canaan Transport maintains that its business is an essential service but out of an abundance of caution, our team members in Ontario and Quebec have already transitioned to working remotely to maintain social distancing. We will continue to service our customers during this time and please contact us at 416.621.6800 if you require anything at all.

Canada Customs will provide waiver of late accounting penalties CN20-10

March 20, 2020 – The CBSA recognizes that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may result in difficulties for importers with submitting a timely accounting for imported goods. Consequently, the CBSA is providing a 45-business-day grace period for late accounting penalties. Clients will not have to submit an application to have late accounting penalties waived. This applies to transactions released from March 11 to May 14, 2020, inclusively. The grace period will be subject to review as the situation evolves.

Donation of medical equipment and masks

March 19, 2020 – We have received many requests for the donation of medical equipment and masks to help alleviate a potential shortage in Canada healthcare system as we battle the COVID-19 crisis. Please send us an e-mail to covid for more details – covid@canaantransport.com

Canaan Transport Coronavirus Plan is fully implemented

March 17, 2020 – As the pandemic continues to worsen, we continue to urge for patience from our customers and partners as our team members have all transitioned to remote working nationwide. Our phone lines are continually staffed and although you may experience a slight delay in response time from your e-mails, rest assured that they will be answered. Please let us know if there is any concern or question that you may at covid. You may contact us at covid@canaantransport.com

Coronavirus Response Plan

March 14, 2020 – In light of the increasing spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Canaan Transport has implemented its pandemic response plan in order to protect the safety of our team members and their families. In summary, our employees in Ontario will be given the choice to work remotely in order to ensure business continuity. If you have any urgent requests, please give us a call at 416.621.6800 so that we can assist. We pray for all that are affected by this tragic situation.

Canadian government approves the new CUSMA agreement

March 13, 2020 – The Government of Canada has announced that CUSMA (C-4) has now passed through both the House of Commons and the Senate prior to adjournment. It is anticipated that it will receive Royal Assent by the end of today. This paves the way for implementation of the new requirements on June 1, 2020.

Rail blockades seem to be completed

March 9, 2020 – A blockade in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake that halted rail traffic south of Montreal for more than three weeks came to a peaceful end on Thursday as activists voluntarily dismantled their camp next to Canadian Pacific Railway tracks, moving to a new location at the foot of a bridge leading to Montreal. The blockades are over for the time being. Canada’s transport minister said it will take six months to assess the damage, following weeks of turmoil that culminated in the lifting Thursday of the remaining Quebec rail blockades. Combined with the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Canadian economy will need to work hard to recover what is being lost.

COVID-19 Virus impact will be felt

March 3, 2020 – With the increasing number of coronavirus cases worldwide, the economic impact on international trade will be significant. Canaan Transport remains vigilant in ensuring that customers are well notified of impacts to their supply chains. We have also instituted measures to protect our staff at our locations.

Container equipment imbalance leading to delays worldwide

March 3, 2020 – The container shipping industry is facing up to acute shortages of boxes at ports in Europe and North America, a situation that could worsen in the coming weeks. Data from Hamburg-based Container xChange shows that, thanks to the coronavirus and record numbers of blanked sailings, storage yards at Chinese terminals are overflowing with steel boxes, while equipment is running down at major ports elsewhere. Despite clear signs that Chinese ports are getting busier for a variety of commodities, the number of boxes waiting to be offloaded at Chinese ports continues to climb, according to data published yesterday. We continue to urge our customers to advise us of your forecasted bookings as soon as possible so that space can be secured.

Temporary truce in rail blockade reached but this may not speed up freight movements

March 1, 2020 – . — Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and senior government ministers reached a proposed arrangement Sunday following days of discussions over a pipeline dispute that prompted solidarity protests and transport disruptions across Canada. Details of the draft deal, which centres on Indigenous rights and land titles, were not disclosed, however, and work on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline at the heart of the dispute was set to resume on Monday. A joint statement released by representatives of Wet’suwet’en Nation, the province and the federal government acknowledged that they had not come to an agreement on the pipeline. The Wet’suwet’en are governed by both a traditional hereditary chief system and elected band councils. A majority of its councils have approved the pipeline, but some of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose it running through their traditional territory. However, this agreement may not be honored by other First nations groups as the secretary of the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake have already stated that they will maintain their rail blockade on the territory south of Montreal, at least for now. Canaan Transport currently anticipates continued delays on major rail corridors as freight trains are moving but may be affected by illegal strikes in the coming days.