Canadian economy cannot afford another trade disruption

OTTAWA, ON, July 27, 2021 / CNW / – Dennis Darby, President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers:

“Amid our economic recovery efforts, officers from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that they had voted in favor of a strike starting August 6. Canadian manufacturers cannot take another blow at the border and our economy cannot afford another trade disruption, especially now.

“For the manufacturing industry, for international trade and for the Canadian economy as a whole, it is imperative to avoid a strike at the border. Any disruption will have significant impacts on our economic recovery and on the delivery of essential goods to Canada. Therefore, CME calls on all parties to return to the negotiating table and find a solution as soon as possible.

“We have seen the damage to our economy caused by strikes at the port of Montreal, imagine the impact of a strike at all entry points to our border. Crossing the border is already complicated due to travel restrictions linked to COVID-19, and disruptions will worsen with work disruptions. This will hamper the ability of manufacturers to obtain essential components and goods to support global supply chains and threaten thousands of Canadian businesses.

“Like from Canada As the economy continues to struggle with the aftermath of the pandemic, this strike action at the CBSA will have an additional impact on an already fragile manufacturing supply chain across the country. Once again, CME urges all parties involved to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. “

Fast facts

  • The manufacturing sector represents more than 10% of from Canada gross domestic product.
  • Manufacturers directly support more than 1.7 million jobs in Canada.
  • Total manufacturing sales in 2019 exceeded $ 685 billion.

SOURCE Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

For more information: Jérémy Ghio, [email protected], 438-407-3029

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