DIEPPE, N.B. – The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is upset with the planned four per cent increase in crossing fees announced by Marine Atlantic this week.

Executive director Jean-Marc Picard says the rate hike will mean about $3.5 million in additional costs to transport goods to and from Newfoundland and Labrador, which the industry cannot absorb.

Marine Atlantic cited increased costs associated with ongoing maintenance, supplies and labour when announcing the rate increase on Wednesday.

An example of the rate hikes will see the new price for the North Sydney to Port aux Basques run rise from $40.76 to $42.25 for an adult passenger.

All other services will see similar increases.

Picard says as things stand the industry has no choice but to pass the increase on to its customers.