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West Fraser drops shifts at some mills in response to BC flooding


November 30, 2021
By CFI staff
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Flooding in B.C.’s lower mainland from severe weather have led West Fraser to reduce operating schedules at multiple Western Canada lumber and pulp mills.

The company announced today that transportation disruptions to rail and truck routes have caused declines to lumber and pulp shipments. Their weekly Western Canadian lumber shipments dropped 25-30 per cent, and pulp shipments to the Port of Vancouver averaged less than 20 per cent of normal volumes.

“While West Fraser is utilizing alternative transportation routes and methods to the extent they are available to continue servicing customers, the magnitude and duration of the impact from current weather events remains uncertain,” the company said in a statement.

It’s unknown at this time when backlogs from the interruptions will be cleared, the company said.

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