VANCOUVER, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today appointed Mr. Vince Ready to conduct an independent review directed at resolving issues that have contributed to disruption of trucking operations at Port Metro Vancouver.
The efficient movement of goods through Port Metro Vancouver is critical to Canada's Asia Pacific Gateway and the national economy. Recent work stoppage by some members of the Port Metro Vancouver trucking community has affected port operations. While a number of initiatives have been undertaken in recent years to improve operational stability in the Port Metro Vancouver trucking industry, issues associated with compensation, working conditions, and wait-times continue to raise concerns.
The trucking industry plays an important role in the supply chain. Mr. Ready, together with his colleague Ms. Corinn Bell, will conduct a detailed review of the Port Metro Vancouver trucking industry and will provide recommendations to the provincial and federal governments by May 30, 2014. In taking this step, both Canada and B.C. look forward to an immediate return to full port operations.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest port. In 2013, the port handled a record 135 million tonnes of cargo, an overall increase of 9 percent over 2012.
Approximately 2,000 Port Metro Vancouver licensed trucks service the port moving containers throughout the Lower Mainland.
The local trucking industry moves approximately 1.3 million TEUs* per year in Port Metro Vancouver. Based on 2011 economic impact study figures, the value of those goods would be worth approximately $46 billion or roughly $885 million per week.
"We look forward to receiving Mr. Ready's recommendations on enhancing supply chain reliability and labour stability in Port Metro Vancouver's trucking industry."
"The continuing success of Port Metro Vancouver strengthens the Canadian economy. We will make every effort to enhance Port Metro Vancouver's well-deserved reputation as an efficient and competitive gateway, so it can continue to contribute to the prosperity of all Canadians."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport
"Port Metro Vancouver is the busiest port in Canada and a key contributor to British Columbia's economy. It is critical that operations return to normal as soon as possible, and I am committed to supporting Minister Raitt as this review progresses."
British Columbia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone
*The twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) is a standard unit for describing a ship's cargo carrying capacity, or a shipping terminal's cargo handling capacity.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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