Service Update – Import Shipment Clearances

As you may be aware, a tentative agreement has been reached between the bargaining group representing port workers in British Columbia and their employer, ending the job action which began on July 1, 2023.  

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) recognizes this news is important to our customers and agents.

While there was a temporary disruption to import clearances during the recent job action, there were no significant impacts on inventory levels to this point.

We will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with third party warehouses and freight forwarders to determine the timeline for resumption of import clearances.

As a reminder, key product shortages and supplier stock outs can be referenced here.

Any updates and important notices will be posted on the LDB Wholesale Operations website at

We value our industry partnerships and will continue to work together to serve our mutual customers.