TAYLOR, B.C. – Canfor announced a temporary production decrease at the Northwood Pulp and Taylor Pulp facilities due to ongoing transportation issues in British Columbia.

The company announced on Thursday that temporary Northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) and bleached chemical thermo-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) production would be reduced.

“The company’s pulp shipments have declined as a result of the recent weather-related transportation disruptions,” reads the release from Canfor.

“With pulp mill inventories nearing capacity, the company’s pulp production will be reduced until such time as the B.C. transportation network is able to return to more-normal operating conditions.”

Canfor says it is watching the supply chain challenges in the province closely, and it will continue to adjust operating plans to reflect the weather and transportation issues in the coming weeks.

“As a result of the extreme rainfall and flooding that BC has been experiencing in recent weeks, the rail
and highway networks have been substantially impacted,” said Don Kayne, Canfor Pulp’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Our employees have worked very hard to mitigate the impacts of the supply chain challenges and it has now become critical to reduce production to manage inventory levels and ensure employee safety until the transportation network returns to more normal operations.”

According to the release, the slowdown will last at least two weeks at Northwood Pulp and a minimum of four weeks at Taylor Pulp.