According to multiple media outlets, Centerm Terminal, one of three major terminals at Port Metro Vancouver, will no longer accept U.S.-bound containers intended for direct transfer to rail, effective August 8, 2014. DP World Canada, which operates the terminal, cites a lack of railcars to handle the surge of cargo bound for U.S. destinations, reportedly as a result of prolonged labor contract negotiations at West Coast ports.
“The terminal [is] currently operating over its designed operating capacity," the company stated, "[and] we are left with this hard decision to make….We will rescind these restrictions when sufficient room has been made in the terminal to allow the operation to resume."
Total TEU volumes via Port Metro Vancouver have swelled by 42% since March of this year. Regular shippers via Vancouver are concerned that, if port congestion continues to increase, other terminal operators will follow suit, further restricting the movement of U.S-bound cargo.
SPARX logistics will continue to monitor this situation and keep our customers apprised of the latest developments. If you have questions or concerns about specific shipments, please contact your SPARX representative.