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Canfor curtails B.C. pulp mill, blames port strike

July 12, 2023  By CFI Staff

The labour dispute at B.C. ports has led Canfor Pulp Products Inc. to curtail its Northwood Pulp Mill in Prince George, B.C., beginning tomorrow.

The company says it has limited storage for its pulp products and is unable to ship it overseas.

“We are urging the federal government to take action to bring a swift end to the labour dispute at the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. As a result of the strike, we are unable to ship approximately 70 per cent of our pulp products to customers in Asia,” said Kevin Edgson, president and CEO, Canfor Pulp. “We regret that our Northwood employees are being impacted as a result of a separate labour dispute and we recognize the effect it will have on them, their families, our suppliers and the community.”

Canfor says the downtime will remain in place until the strike ends, and will remove approximately 11,000 tonnes of market kraft pulp per week.


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