Manitoba Daily

Monday, December 6, 2021

Following the flooding in B.C., Manitoba’s supply chain is expected to be further strained

Key takeaways:

  • The devastation in southern British Columbia is having an impact across Canada, including Manitoba.
  • Access between the Lower Mainland and B.C. has been cut off due to the closure of major highways.

The destruction in southern British Columbia is resonating throughout Canada, including Manitoba.

In more ways than one, the devastating flooding has hit close to home for Randeep Manghera. His sister resides in Abbotsford, B.C., one of the province’s hardest devastated districts.

“They informed us their basements were flooded, and the road, the highway, was shattered,” Manghera added.

Access between the Lower Mainland and B.C. has been cut off due to the closure of major highways. Rail links connecting the West Coast to the rest of Canada have also been hampered.

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Due to the difficulties, Gill’s Supermarket in Winnipeg’s Tyndall Park neighbourhood, where Manghera shops, expects delays in some ethnic produce that the store primarily obtains from distributors in the Vancouver region.

“We have whatever produce we have right now for a few more days, and then the cooler will be empty after two days,” said Jagjit Gill, proprietor of Gill’s Supermarket.

According to Gill, around 60% of the food he sells in his Indian grocery stores in Winnipeg comes from B.C. However, he’s currently attempting to import some things from the east.

Aaron Dolyniuk of the Manitoba Trucking Association is simply the latest problem for a supply system already clogged by the pandemic.

“This will have a bigger impact on our supply chains in Canada and around the world,” Dolyniuk said. “There’s product coming in and going out.”

Manitoba's supply network is expected to be further strained.

Dolyniuk is aware of a Manitoba-based company attempting to bring processed beef goods to Vancouver but cannot do so via road.

“They have hundreds of trucks stuck in Alberta trying to get to the port with no way to get there,” Dolyniuk added.

According to Barry Prentice, a supply chain management professor at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, consumer goods will face some delays. Still, many items have already been transported to stores for the holiday shopping season.

“Overall, I don’t believe we’re doing too badly,” Prentice added. “Exports, particularly grain, will most certainly have a greater impact on us because this is grain shipping season.”

The delays, according to Gill, might last up to three weeks. However, he anticipates that they will only be felt in his store for approximately a week.

“Don’t panic, all of the customers or the Winnipeg community,” Gill added. “Don’t freak out as we did during the pandemic.”

Prentice believes the supply system is resilient and that any problems caused by the water would be temporary.

Source: CBC News

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