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Rio Tinto declares force majeure on Canadian aluminum deliveries due to rail strike

Monday, December 2, 2019  
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A week-long rail strike in Canada has prompted Rio Tinto Group to declare force majeure on all aluminum shipments originating from Canada. Although the Teamsters Union came to a working agreement with Canadian National (CN) Railway to stop the strike, significant delays are still expected for several more days due to the backlog.

Rio Tinto’s Sales & Marketing – North America manager Dany Cloutier noted in a letter obtained by S&P Global Platts that the issue is beyond Rio Tinto's control and the company is "unable to estimate how long this event of force majeure will last, however, we expect that the supply disruption would continue past the end of the labor dispute as CN clears its backlog of shipments and our inventory levels improve."