DETROIT—Production at North American automotive factories is getting back on schedule after last week’s truck-convoy protests on the Ambassador Bridge disrupted the flow of goods between between the United States and Canada.
The bridge protests, which lasted from February 7 to 11, had begun to cause shortages of auto parts that forced Toyota, Honda, General Motors and Ford to close plants or cancel shifts at several plants. Ambassador Bridge is the busiest U.S.-Canadian border crossing, reportedly carrying 25 percent of all goods shipped between the two countries.
Just before midnight on February 11, Canadian authorities reopened the bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, after arresting demonstrators and clearing the bridge following large-scale protests.
According to sources, Toyota expected border-related disruptions to continue this week, but that some improvements were likely as the supply chain catches up. Company plants in Alabama, Ontario, Kentucky, and West Virginia had been impacted by the blockades.
Honda’s production plants in Ohio were also affected by the parts slowdown.
The truckers were protesting COVID vaccine mandates for crossing the United States border, along with other related restrictions.