July 12, 2023 - Canfor Pulp Products is announcing the curtailment of its Northwood Pulp Mill in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, effective July 13, 2023.
The curtailment is due to limited storage space for pulp products that cannot be transported overseas as a result of the ongoing labour dispute at B.C. ports.
The downtime is expected to remain in place for the duration of the labour dispute and will remove approximately 11,000 tonnes of market kraft pulp per week.
“We are urging the federal government to take action to bring a swift end to the labour dispute at the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert,” said Kevin Edgson, President and CEO of Canfor Pulp. "As a result of the strike, we are unable to ship approximately 70% of our pulp products to customers in Asia.
“We regret that our Northwood employees are being impacted as a result of a separate labour dispute and we recognize the effect it will have on them, their families, our suppliers and the community,” Edgson added.
The Northwood pulp mill has the capacity to produce 510,000 air-dried metric tonnes per year of Premium Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp.