An industry analyst says the trucker strike at Port Metro Vancouver is hitting the forest sector.
But Kevin Mason, of Gibsons-based ERA Forest Products Research, says coastal producers are being spared the brunt of it for now.
Pulp mills, like Nanaimo’s Harmac and Howe Sound Pulp and Paper, have access to local facilities for shipping products overseas. But Mason says some shipments still have to go through Vancouver.
The Port of Nanaimo, meanwhile, says it’s ready to handle any container ships that need to be diverted because of the strike, but so far it hasn’t happened.
There are grain ships waiting to load on the Lower Mainland mooring in Nanaimo, because anchorages in places like English Bay are getting too crowded.