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The brakes have been applied hard on traffic flows at the port of Vancouver.

In a matter of weeks, Canada’s premier ocean gateway has gone from a relatively fluid situation to serious congestion that has raised alarms that retailers could miss out in the peak shopping season.

In the summer, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) tabled record results for the first half of 2021, with overall throughput rising 7% over H1 20 and the container count going up 24% to 1.9m teu. Cargo was flowing with only minor disruption, raising hopes it could accommodate traffic from shippers looking to avoid the logjam at US west coast ports.

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