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CPMA working to assist British Columbia produce industry hit by flooding

By
Craig Levitt, managing editor

The Canadian province of British Columbia has endured a once-in-500-years flood event, which destroyed roadways, cut off railways and washed away bridges, not to mention the massive property damage.

The flooding has negatively affected many British Columbia produce companies. In a show of support, Canadian Produce Marketing Association President Ron Lemaire sent a letter to CPMA members. In it he said, “CPMA is actively engaged with the federal and provincial governments and allied association partners, including through the AAFC Roundtable and crisis management group, BC Emergency Management and CBSA’s Border Commercial Consultative Committees to identify critical and imminent issues related to food and to determine what steps can or may be possible on the part of industry and government to mitigate the impact.”

He also asked for the government to consider ways to implement a waiver to enable bonded produce loads to move without bonded drivers and expedited, exemptions or waivers for in-transit permits of non-Canadian products from Alberta to Vancouver and vice versa to support the movement of goods through the United States.

“CPMA continues to gather member input related to critical and/or emerging issues, an assessment of the impact to our industry, as well as feedback on potential regulatory flexibility/other solutions for government consideration in prioritizing the movement of perishable and essential goods,” said Lemaire.

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