UPS avoids strike in time for holiday shipping season

November 14, 2018 – Workers at UPS Freight represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have ratified a new five-year agreement on pay and conditions, averting a strike within the continental USA. In a released statement, UPS said, “We will resume normal operations and will immediately begin accepting new volume from UPS Freight customers.” In anticipation of a possible strike, UPS Freight had gradually wound down normal operations, stopping taking new shipments on a phased basis between November 1 and November 7, and aiming to deliver all remaining shipments within its system by November 8.

Canada Post rotating strikes now causing delays

November 5, 2018 – Canada Post is facing a days-long backlog of parcel deliveries as scattered walkouts by postal workers escalate across the country, the Crown corporation warned Wednesday, hours before the Canadian Union of Postal Workers was set to call a national overtime ban.

Dozens of trailers filled with parcels and packages were awaiting processing at the agency’s three biggest hubs as Canada Post employees from several Quebec communities joined countrywide rotating strikes a day after about 6,000 workers walked off the job in Montreal. “At this point there is a backlog of over 150 trailers in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal of items waiting to be unloaded and processed, with more arriving every day,” said Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton. “Once processed, these items have to be delivered without overburdening our delivery employees. As a result, customers could see delays of several days.”

CN purchases TransX in a mega-deal

October 31, 2018 – A family trucking business started in Winnipeg more than half a century ago has been purchased by CN Rail in a mega-deal targeting intermodal transport. TransX Group has 2,600 employees across North America with annual revenues in the $500-million range. Its assets include about 1,500 large trucks and 1,000 intermodal containers. CN and TransX have worked closely for going on two decades, said Mike Jones, chief operating officer of TransX Group of Companies.

Refrigerated transport is a fast-growing sector and the TransX Group’s strength there will be a boon to CN, senior manager Patrick Waldron said. "There is a growing business of temperature-controlled containers on trains, ships and trucks and TransX does a lot of that business," Waldron said. The acquisition is subject to regulatory review by the Competition Bureau and Transport Canada. There is a movement to consolidation in the transport sector, but this agreement "is more a partnership where we’re going to be able to expand our reach and provide a more diverse product," Jones said.

Canada ratifies CPTPP agreement

October 29, 2018 – Canada will be in the first group of countries to take advantage of a major Asia-Pacific trade deal after royal assent was granted to a key bill on Thursday afternoon.

“This milestone achievement reaffirms Canada’s strong commitment to Canadian companies, industries and the millions of Canadians they employ,” said a statement from the office of Trade Minister Jim Carr, allowing the country to retain “first-mover advantage in many thriving Asia-Pacific markets.” The 11-country pact, called the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) can come into force 60 days after six countries pass legislation. Mexico ratified the deal in June, Japan in June and Singapore in September.

The 11 parties to the deal and in some cases their respective new governments — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam — signed an updated version in March after less than a year of re-negotiation after the USA withdrew. The countries represent a combined $13.5 trillion in GDP. Japan has since said it hopes the U.S. will eventually re-join the agreement.

The CPTPP’s conclusion came after considerable consternation over Canada’s involvement, particularly in Japan, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau missed a leaders-level meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit about a year ago.

Since the updated version of the trade agreement was signed, complete with the new “comprehensive and progressive” name proposed by Canada, the push has been on to view the CPTPP not just as a balance against China but also as a way for countries to diversify trade outside of a more-protectionist U.S.

The importance of the deal “has grown over recent months with the rapid escalation or protectionist measures around the world,” the N.Z. trade minister, David Parker, said in a Thursday statement. The re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which ended in a revised deal called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) just weeks ago, highlighted the importance of diversification, said Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “We must never again allow ourselves to be so vulnerable.”

Canada’s implementing legislation passed the House of Commons last Wednesday after the NDP, concerned that not enough debate time was being given to the complex agreement, held up attempts to speed its passage.

What followed was an extraordinarily short deliberation in the Senate, where there was little if any opposition to the premise of the new trade deal. The bill unanimously passed third reading on Thursday afternoon just over a week after it was referred to the upper chamber. Then within hours it was signed into law by the Secretary to the Governor General.

A Senate committee had concluded that being among the first six countries to ratify the CPTPP was paramount: “The committee recognizes the potential benefits of the CPTPP and understands the significance that Canada be among those first six countries to ratify the agreement to ensure that Canadian businesses are not put at a competitive disadvantage,” said a report from the Senate’s standing committee on foreign affairs and international trade.

As Liberal Sen. Jim Munson put it on Thursday afternoon: “We’re all on the same page.”

Canadian companies are expected to gain 99-per-cent tariff-free access to the countries that have ratified the deal, including Japan, as early as January. Source: The National Post

Canada Post strike hits Vancouver

October 26, 2018 – The Canada Post strike has hit Vancouver on the 5th day of rotating strikes. Although Canaan Transport has already provided additional services to customers that have been affected, Canada Post is still operational but mail will be delayed.

Canada Post to hit Toronto with a strike

October 22, 2018 – Canada Post has just announced tonight that its workers in Toronto will go on strike at 12:01 AM on October 23, 2018. Canaan Transport has already initiated our contingency plans and customers should have no disruption for the time being.

Canada Post to start rotating strikes tomorrow

October 21, 2018 – The union representing Canada’s postal workers has announced they will begin rotating strikes tomorrow if a new agreement cannot be reach by this evening.

The strikes would begin at 12:01 a.m. in Windsor, Edmonton and Victoria and at 1:01 a.m. in Halifax, local time. Each strike will last 24 hours with different locations striking daily.

Canada Post workers could be on strike as early as Monday

October 16, 2018 – Canada Post’s unionized workers have issued a strike notice for Monday, October 22, 2018. Our contingency plans will now be implemented for our affected customers. Any questions can be directed to our mission specific team at canadapoststrike

Fraser Surrey Docks have ongoing challenges

October 15, 2018 – Fraser Surrey Docks issued the following notice last week:

Fraser Surrey Docks is having issues with the flow of our container truck gate and the availability of reservations. We are aware of the negative impact this has on the trucking community and our customers. As such, we need to focus every resource we have to improve the service level with respect to our gate and reservations fulfilment. One necessary but temporary step that we are taking is to limit the gate movements to export and import cargo only. This is due to a current lack of mobile dock equipment availability at the terminal.

Effective Monday, October 15, until further notice, Fraser Surrey Docks will not be moving empties through the gate. Trucks with non-laden cargo will be turned away.

We are working diligently at increasing our equipment availability. In the next couple weeks, we have additional new equipment arriving and more equipment coming online from our maintenance shop. The more equipment we have, the more reservations we will be able to make available in the system and ultimately enable us to increase reservation allotment/caps.

We regret the inconvenience this temporary measure may cause and appreciate your support as we work through this challenging period.

Threat of Canada Post strike still very much front and centre

October 9, 2018 – The union representing 50,000 employees at Canada Post panned the latest contract offers from the corporation last week, calling them “disappointing” and keeping alive the threat of a work stoppage as the busy holiday online shopping season approaches. As earlier advised by Canaan Transport, the possibility of a work stoppage has hovered over Canada Post since Sept. 26 after postal workers voted overwhelmingly in late summer in support of a potential walkout to back their contract demands. But that initial deadline passed without any job action being launched, with CUPW saying it would stay at the bargaining table so long as there was progress in the talks. That position had not changed Thursday, said CUPW national president Mike Palecek. “Those are discussions that we’re having daily, based on developments,” he said. Job action could include a full or partial walkout, or a lockout, after a 72-hour notice period. The threat of a work stoppage over the holidays has forced companies that rely on Canada Post for parcel deliveries to make alternative plans to ensure their customers receive orders. However, it may be difficult to fill all of the service gaps in the event of a shutdown. Canaan Transport does have contingency plans in place for our customers that are affected by our e-commerce program and these will be implemented if a strike does occur. However, some impact may be felt on deliveries given the breadth of services that Canada Post provides. Canada Post is the biggest parcel shipping company in the country, having delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season last year – an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.