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Why empty shelves don’t mean we’re out of food: How Canada’s supply chain works

April 2, 2020 by Aleksandra Sagan The Canadian Press

Shoppers are facing empty shelves at some stores due to unprecedented demand for food and other goods even as grocers assure Canadians coping with the COVID-19 outbreak that plenty of new items are on the way and manufacturers say they…

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Air cargo demand slumps as COVID-19 takes hold: IATA

April 1, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Geneva, Switzerland — According to The International Air Transport Association (IATA) the negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on air cargo demand are in full effect. February 2020 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in cargo…

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Commercial border traffic down: CBSA

April 1, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

If you drive a truck, getting across the border into Canada is a much quicker process than it was just a couple of weeks ago, since the Government of Canada announced additional enhanced border measures related to foreign nationals on…

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Cargo ship denied entry to port of Halifax over COVID 19 concerns

April 1, 2020 by The Canadian Press

Halifax, NS — The Public Health Agency of Canada says a cargo ship travelling from Germany has been denied entry to the port of Halifax because several crew members have symptoms of COVID-19. The Siem Cicero is carrying a shipment…

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Amid medical supplies scramble, pandemic highlights new perils to free trade

April 1, 2020 by James McCarten The Canadian Press

Washington, DC — “America First” rhetoric and disdain for free trade are old news in the Donald Trump era, but with countries in a life-or-death scramble to stockpile gowns, gloves, masks and ventilators, protectionism these days isn’t such a dirty word. Even an…

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Port employee with COVID-19 would not have interacted with truck drivers

April 1, 2020 by Eric Berard, Today's Trucking

Montreal, QC — An employee at the Port of Montreal has tested positive for COVID-19, the Maritime Employers’ Association (MEA) has confirmed, but the individual is a longshoreman who would have limited interaction with truck drivers. The employee was already…

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UN chief says COVID 19 is worst crisis since World War II

April 1, 2020 by Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press

Tanzania — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the world faces the most challenging crisis since World War II, confronting a pandemic threatening people in every country, one that will bring a recession “that probably has no parallel in…

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World hungry for Canadian grain amid pandemic, with shipments abroad rising

March 31, 2020 by Christopher Reynolds The Canadian Press

Canadian grain is in high demand as shippers try to feed a growing appetite from mills and governments seeking to shore up staple reserves amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Grain shipments at the Port of Thunder Bay in Ontario doubled year…

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Mitigating impacts of COVID-19 on food trade and markets

March 31, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

Geneva, Switzerland — Amid measures taken to restrict the spread of COVID-19 around the world, governments need to minimize any potential impacts on the food supply chain, according to a joint statement by a group of United Nations organizations, adding…

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MSC prepares for demand from Asia to resume as COVID-19 crisis continues

March 31, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

As part of its ongoing response to the impact of COVID-19, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, has developed a Suspension of Transit (SOT) container shipping program to prepare for a recovery in demand for freight services once the impact of the…

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Warehouse workers protest as jobs get riskier

March 31, 2020 by Alexandra Olson And Mae Anderson The Associated Press

New York, NY — Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job Monday demanding greater safeguards against COVID-19, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders. The…

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VersaCold announces wage increases for front-line workers

March 31, 2020 by Canadian Shipper

One of Canada’s largest cold chain service providers announced that in recognition of the dedicated efforts of its front-line workers, the company will be increasing wages. Effective March 22, VersaCold employees will receive a temporary wage increase, with warehouse staff…