The port, local, and federal governments have announced a 14-point plan to end the strike at Port Metro Vancouver. The two-week truckers' strike has drastically reduced truck traffic at the harbor, occasionally turned to violence over the last few days and recently resulted in at least two ocean carriers diverting cargo to other ports. The plan addresses truckers’ compensation and congestion concerns using a phased approach but also may impose steep licensing restrictions if truckers do not comply and return to work. At this time, truckers are reviewing the offer.
Customers who have cargo diverted to Seattle-Tacoma have the option to arrange for transportation from that terminal, which may mean additional drayage costs. Alternately, shippers can store their goods at the new port until an agreement is reached at Port Metro Vancouver. At which time, carriers will pick up the cargo and return it to the original port of lading; however, shippers would be responsible for demurrage and handling costs incurred.