On July 26, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) announced that the Border Services Officers (FB) have voted to strike starting August 6, 2021. This group includes the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) Officers and is the result of an impasse in negotiations between their union and the Canadian Government. Immediately following the announcement of strike the two sides did agree to restart negotiations.
If the two sides fail to reach an agreement by August 6, the strike will move forward. This is expected to have some effect on trade in Canada even though ninety percent (90%) of the CBSA have been deemed essential. CBSA Operations will continue as planned to ensure the security and flow of goods and services across the border and in the terminals. However, businesses could see picketing outside CBSA offices and there could be increased wait times at the border.
We will continue to monitor the negotiations and situation.
If you have any questions, please contact your local Noatum Logistics representative.