DAILY NEWS Apr 4, 2014 3:38 PM - 2 comments

Government of Canada acts to raise trucker rates at Port Metro Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, B.C.-- The Government of Canada has brought in new regulations to increase the rates paid to truckers at Port Metro Vancouver, "delivering on its commitment to support the resumption of full operations at the port", said a government release this afternoon.

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest port. In 2013, the port handled a record 135 million tonnes of cargo, an overall increase of nine per cent over 2012.

 The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced that following the March 26, 2014, back-to-work Joint Action Plan (agreed to by the federal and provincial governments, Port Metro Vancouver, Unifor and the United Truckers Association), the Government of Canada has amended the Port Authorities Operations Regulations to increase container trucking rates at Port Metro Vancouver by 12 percent and double the fuel surcharge paid to truck owner-operators.

The amendments came into effect April 3, 2014. These steps were agreed to after taking into account the concerns voiced by container truck drivers as well as input received from stakeholders, including the recommendations made by federally appointed advisor Vince Ready. They will be further complemented by the Government of Canada's expedited 2014 Regulatory Framework Review which will address the longer-term approach to container truck rates and fuel surcharges.

Today's announcement, in addition to actions planned by the Province of British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver, aims to help bring long-term stability to the container trucking industry serving Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway.

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 through Port Metro Vancouver. Based on 2011 economic impact study figures, the value of those goods is approximately $46 billion or roughly $885 million per week.

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Dom Di Stroia

"This action by the Federal Government sets a very dangerous precedence in denying a market driven pricing of services for trucking at Metro Vancouver."

Does "market driven pricing" apply to oligopolized industries?

Posted April 17, 2014 02:13 PM

Norman Loiseau

This action by the Federal Government sets a very dangerous precedence in denying a market driven pricing of services for trucking at Metro Vancouver. It seems that this action, “solving the crisis at any cost” will have a serious impact on the cost of goods on the west coast. The real issue is the efficiency of the port operations and the failure to resolve the bottle neck gate issue. Throwing more money rather than building a better infrastructure will not resolve the longer term issue. Freer trade requires the application of market forces on all components rather that creating an artificial resolution to one segment. Longer term solutions are required and Transport Canada lacks the intelligence to apply effective solutions to transport issues. Compensating operators for inefficient is not a practical approach.

Posted April 8, 2014 12:31 PM

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