18 March 1999
Strike threat to Canada’s grain exports

STRIKES at five Vancouver loading terminals have disrupted grain exports from western Canada.

Some 70 grain weighers at the ports five terminals walked off the job late last week following a breakdown in negotiations with federal officials.

The Canadian Grain Commission said there were already 15 ships waiting to be loaded in Vancouver.

More than 40% of Canadas grain exports are shipped through Vancouver, or about 250,000 tonnes every week.

The ports, which have been hit by several stoppages over the past few months, usually export wheat, barley and canola.

  • Financial Times 18/03/99 page 28