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After torrential rains called the ‘storm of the century’ hammered British Columbia’s southern interior in mid-November, submerging many communities and critical rail and road links with Canada’s largest port, the supply chain crisis appears to be getting from bad to worse, with the third rainstorm that began Wednesday. While the rainfall was slowing down today (Thursday 12/2/2021), meteorologists indicate it could take several weeks for floodwaters to recede.

Port stakeholders fear that it could take even months for cargo flows to return to normal at a Pacific gateway that moves some C$550 million worth of cargo daily, ranging from bulk commodities to containerized manufactured and consumer goods and automobiles. China-led Asia is, by far, the dominant trading partner of the port which handled 145.5 million tons in 2020.

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