PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A customs dispute at the U.S.-Canada border is threatening America’s supply of a key fish used for popular products like fish sticks and fast food sandwiches.
The supply chain for Alaska pollock is complicated.
After being caught, it’s transported by ship to New Brunswick, Canada, near the border with Maine.
Then, it travels by truck to the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection asserts that shippers violate the Jones Act. It requires that goods transported between U.S. port must be carried on U.S.-owned vessels.
26 million pounds of fish were left in Canada’s cold storage as a result of the dispute. However, The Associated PressAccording to reports, a federal judge ruled that the fish can be shipped to the United States.
It is unknown when the fish will reach America. Monday was a holiday for both countries.