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FPAC welcomes government’s decision to investigate supply chain failures


January 14, 2019
By FPAC

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Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes today’s federal decision to have the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) investigate supply chain failures in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

Canada’s rail service is a critical component of Canada’s natural resource sector. For the past two years, congestion along the Vancouver portion of BC’s supply chain has created challenges for Canadian forest products companies that are working to get their goods to international markets. Last year alone, rail delays and bottlenecks cost the forest sector over $500 million dollars. FPAC has supported calls for the federal government to complete a comprehensive diagnostic around systemic transportation system failures.

“We need to get to the bottom of why these transportation blockages are happening,” said FPAC president and CEO Derek Nighbor. “We are seeing an unprecedented number of trade deals being signed and significant federal investment in infrastructure. Now is the time to do the due diligence to ensure the system in the Lower Mainland is responding to the current and future needs of Canadian exporters.”

FPAC remains committed to working with government and our supply chain partners to help secure a more competitive, efficient and effective transportation system. We look forward to learning more about the details of this investigation in the coming days, and believe that the results of this effort can enable the changes necessary to make Canada’s supply chain stronger.