A strike by container truck drivers at the Port of Vancouver
is now on hold.
The owner-operators began moving cargo out of the port on
Wednesday, Aug. 3, after a substantial number of Canadian trucking companies
signed on to a temporary deal that raises hauling rates by 40 to 50 percent.
This morning, port spokesman Duncan Wilson told “Land Line
Now” that containers were beginning to move as trucks returned to operation.
“We’re reporting heavy traffic this morning at our container
terminals so it’s looking like things are starting to get going,” Wilson said.
However, it could take weeks before the cargo backlog is
Wilson said the freight should be moved out of two of the
port’s terminals “fairly quickly.” But a third terminal – where renovations are
under way and operations are snarled – will likely have stacked docks for a few
There has been good response from Canadian trucking
companies, Wilson said, in terms of applications coming in from firms seeking
to participate in the 90-day licensing agreement that provides for higher rates
“We had about 40 companies with their applications in by the
end of business yesterday – that probably represents just over half of the
trucking fleet,” Wilson said Thursday morning. “This morning apparently there
were over 60 e-mails in to our application desk here.
“We have also extended the deadline, the grace period, until
4 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 5) in order to provide companies a little bit more time.
Some of the smaller companies in particular were saying they needed a little
bit more time or some assistance with the application process.”
The 90-day licensing agreement with the new rates — plus a
fuel surcharge that kicks in at a certain price – was recommended by a
About 1,000 non-union container truck drivers went on strike
June 27 demanding higher rates and a fuel surcharge. The strike shut down about
40 percent of the port’s operation and cost the economy about $500,000 million,
according to the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
– By Reed Black, staff writer