An ongoing blockade at one of North America's busiest land border crossings is starting to negatively affect Canadian auto assembly and dealerships.
Stellantis confirmed on Wednesday morning that its Windsor Assembly Plant had to short shift its first shift and afternoon shift Tuesday due to parts shortages. The plant was running Wednesday morning.
"We continue to work closely with our carriers to get parts into the plant and, at this time, expect that [Wednesday's] afternoon shift will start as scheduled," the automaker said in a statement to Automotive News Canada.
Meanwhile, Unifor Local 200 President John D'Agnolo said Ford Canada idled its engine assembly operations in Windsor on Wednesday, but that "we will be running [Thursday]."
Ford Canada officials weren't available for comment.
General Motors Canada referred any questions to Brian Kingston of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, but he wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Meanwhile, the group that represents thousands of franchised Canadian new-vehicle dealers warned on Wednesday afternoon that the blockade is now affecting already-tight inventory.
"Various OEMs have started communicating with our dealer members to let them know that they should expect delays in vehicle and parts shipments over the coming days," said Tim Reuss, CEO of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), which represents about 3,300 retailers.
CADA, along with several Canadian and U.S. business associations signed on to a statement issued Tuesday by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, calling for a swift end to the blockade, said Reuss.
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