Services at the Port of Montreal have been disrupted over a longshoremen’s union strike that originally was set to end last week on July 31st. The union continues to negotiate, but effective Monday August 10th, all terminal operations including trucking will be closed until further notice.
Shipping carrier lines (Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, MSC, and OOCL) are all seeing vessel delays due to the labor situation. MSC has some vessels still calling at the port for today and this weekend, with limits on export receiving. Shipping lines are diverting arriving vessels to Halifax or St. Johns and connecting to CN rail for inland deliveries where available. Expect to see significant delays with any import or export cargo already in route.
As with any transport disruption, we encourage you to protect temperature-sensitive cargo that may could face longer stays at port terminals from delays. For information or alternatives for pending shipments, please contact your Hillebrand representative and flag upcoming orders in myHillebrand for notification alerts.