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VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The terminals in Vancouver are advising that due to a general lack of rail car supplies, there a...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — The terminals in Vancouver are advising that due to a general lack of rail car supplies, there are major difficulties to keep the terminal operations fluid, reported the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association.

The likelihood of having to idle vessels is rapidly becoming a reality unless a solution is found.

Vanterm, for example, has now advised its local clientele that all export cargo arriving by truck for vessels scheduled to depart this week will be refused. In doing so, the terminal expects to accommodate an additional 30,000 feet for import rail traffic. However, unless the railcar supply increases rapidly – which due to the strike situation is unlikely – Vanterm will have to commence idling vessels by the end of this week.


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