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Rio Tinto Declares Force Majeure on Canadian Aluminium Deliveries

Metal News - Published on Mon, 02 Dec 2019

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Week-long rail strike in Canada has prompted Rio Tinto Group to declare force majeure on all aluminium shipments originating from the dominion. Rio Tinto’s Sales & Marketing North America manager Mr Dany Cloutier told S&P Global Platts “Even now, this work stoppage is impacting all railcars traveling on … CN’s main lines in Canada. This event, which is beyond our reasonable control, if prolonged, may cause significant operational difficulties at our Canadian facilities, and is currently impacting our supply chain and our ability to transport our products to certain of our customers, ports and warehouses in North America. As a result of this event of force majeure, our ability to deliver under our sales arrangements in accordance with the volumes and schedule agreed prior to the occurrence of this event may be affected. We are committed to work closely with you to minimize any impacts and find mutually acceptable solutions to maintain supply.”

Though the strike crippled the Canadian National Railway system, the Teamsters union came to a working agreement with CN to stop the strike and allow normal rail service to continue. However, significant delays are still expected for several more days due to the backlog accumulated during the strike.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 02 Dec 2019
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