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Canada Retailers, Ports Fear Impact as CN Rail Lockout Nears

(Allison Martell – Reuters)

A looming lockout at Canada’s biggest railway threatens to delay imports from Asia and may compound a U.S. West Coast port logjam unless last-ditch contract talks succeed on Monday. [...]

A lockout could spur disruptions of shipments of grain and other commodities and goods across Canada and impede operations at the country’s biggest port, Vancouver. It would have threatened commuter train service in the Montreal area, but the two sides struck a deal to keep those trains running.

Ontario-based automakers such as Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and General Motors and crude by rail shippers such as Keyera Corp. are monitoring the situation.

On the Pacific Coast, a lockout would hit the Port of Prince Rupert as well as Port Metro Vancouver. Click here to read more.