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Labour situation update at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

Source: UPS / / Saturday July 31st, 2021

The union representing CBSA employees, the Public Service Alliance ofCanada-Customs and Immigration Union (PSAC-CIU), has announced they haveacquired a mandate to strike from their members.

While PSAC-CIU advises they could potentially initiate a work stoppage asearly as August 6, 2021, the Union and CBSA have returned to thenegotiating table.

Both PSAC-CIU and CBSA have also confirmed that in the event of a workstoppage, select CBSA employees will be designated as essential, and continueto perform their essential job functions to maintain some CBSA operations.

While importers and exporters could expect potential border disruptions anddelays if a work stoppage is initiated, CBSA indicated in a recentcommunication to stakeholders that the Agency would respond quickly to any jobaction or work disruption in order to maintain the safety and security of theCanadian border, ensure compliance with Canadian laws, and keep the border opento facilitate the flow of legitimate goods and travel.

UPS will continue to monitor the situation closely. We will update you onmajor developments as information becomes available from the main stakeholders.

For any questions, please contact your UPS customer representative.

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