Atlantic truckers see rate increase despite poor ferry service

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DIEPPE, N.B.– Truckers on the east coast will have to pay more for ferry service to Newfoundland and Labrador starting today, despite months of subpar service. 
Marine Atlantic increased its rates by 3% and Crown Corporation fees have spiked 11% since 2012.  
“Marine Atlantic is holding Newfoundland and Labrador hostage with this latest increase above the inflation rate,” said Jean-Marc Picard, executive director, Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association. “There is no alternative when shipping goods. Coupled with higher costs for fuel and equipment, truckers will need to pass these higher prices on to their customers. This will be reflected in the cost of every product that Newfoundland and Labrador residents buy.”
Marine Atlantic’s ferries are part of the Trans-Canada Highway joining Nova Scotia with Newfoundland and Labrador. 
“We are calling on Marine Atlantic to revisit these rate increases and consult with its users to reach a reasonable, sustainable solution,” said Picard.  
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