Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) issued a statement today signalling the sector’s serious concern over disruptions to Canada’s rail transport system.
“Canada’s forest products sector generates over $73 billion in annual economic activity, ships to 180 countries around the world, and is responsible for 10% of the total tonnage moved along Canada’s railway lines,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “The disruptions we are seeing across the rail system – many of them unlawful – are impacting our ability to get raw materials to our facilities and to deliver to our customers,” he added.
“Some companies are now in a position that they can’t guarantee delivery dates to customers – a massive business risk and a dark cloud over Canada’s reputation as a reliable trading partner. We need our federal government to take urgent action in working with provincial governments and authorities to uphold the rule of law, get the trains moving, and keep our workers working,” Nighbor added.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $73.6-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 12 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and over 600,000 indirect jobs across the country.