Wednesday, February 8, 2023
News Ongoing U.S.-Canada Bridge Blockade Causing Serious Production and Delivery Delays for Automakers

Ongoing U.S.-Canada Bridge Blockade Causing Serious Production and Delivery Delays for Automakers

The border blockade is hurting an already battered economy


  • The Ambassador Bridge is one of the busiest land border crossings in North America.

  • Canadian auto production has been disrupted for two days at least at various plants.

  • The auto industry was dealing with numerous pandemic-related supply issues.


The major blockade is at the Ambassador Bridge which links Detroit and Windsor. The bridge carries people and goods from one side of the Detroit River to the other. Many of those goods are car parts and many are not making it to their destinations. GM, Ford, and Stellantis have had to cut shifts and reduce production outputs.

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The auto industry has been severely impacted by various supply chain complications and issues and the blockade is only exacerbating the problem. The Big 3, which operate numerous plants in Ontario and Michigan, and most have now been impacted.

GM’s Lansing Delta Township plant was briefly idled while Stellantis’ Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant first and afternoon shifts earlier this week because of part shortages. Over art Ford, production has also been interrupted.

“While we continue to ship our current engine inventory to support our U.S. plants, we are running our plants at a reduced schedule today in Oakville (Ontario) and our Windsor engine plant is down,” Ford spokesman Said Deep said as reported by Automotive News. “We hope this situation is resolved quickly because it could have widespread impact on all automakers in the U.S. and Canada.”

There have been many calls for the removal of the blockade from both sides of the border however the end still seems far off.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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