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Canada concerned about supply chain issues, watching ports 'closely'

EconomyOct 14, 2021 02:37PM ET
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© Reuters. Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle/Files

(Reuters) - Canada is concerned about the challenges facing global supply chains and is watching the country's ports very closely, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday.

Freeland, speaking to reporters in Washington after meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, said she was broadly optimistic about the strength of Canada's economic recovery from COVID-19.

The rebound in demand for goods as restrictions are lifted has exposed supply chain shortages, with firms scrambling for workers, ships and even fuel to power factories, threatening the fledgling bounce back.

"The issue of both supply chain congestion and supply chain shortages, was discussed ... it's definitely a concern on the minds of finance ministers around the world," Freeland said.

"We are definitely mindful of the supply chain issues in the Canadian economy. We are monitoring the supply chain and Canadian ports, very, very closely."

Freeland said the process of restarting the economy after the shutdowns was inevitably going to be uneven.

Canada concerned about supply chain issues, watching ports 'closely'
 

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Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Oct 14, 2021 2:44PM ET
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If maybe Canadian border will be open but no Canada wants to be Australia
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John Snowden Oct 14, 2021 2:17PM ET
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she's packed on the pounds. i guess even being corrupt has it's costs.
 
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