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Dear Customer,

 

CP has issued following update to the industry:

 

Attention: Intermodal customers shipping to or from Quebec (excludes International marine traffic).

The Quebec Ministry of Transportation has advised that the spring thaw for Zone 1 will come to end on Friday April 12, 2024 at 23:59 EST.

CPKC will begin allowing post spring thaw weights to in-gate based on the following table.

Table - First shipping date for shipments to or from Quebec’s Zone 1 relative to the end of spring thaw weight restrictions:
 

Traffic origin

First shipping date

Cut-off time (local)

Vancouver IMS

Tuesday April 09

6:00

Edmonton IMS

Tuesday April 09

17:00

Calgary IMS

Tuesday April 09

14:00

Regina IMS

Tuesday April 09 

17:00

Winnipeg IMS

Wednesday April 10 

15:00

Schiller IMS

Thursday April 11

17:00

Minneapolis IMS

Tuesday April 09

12:00

Lachine IMS

Saturday, April 13

In gate after 00:01

 

Zones 2 will come to end on Friday May 10, 2024 at 23:59 EST. Zone 3 will come to end on Friday May 10, 2024 at 23:59 EST. If shipping to either of those zones please add 3 weeks to the timelines above.

We encourage you to visit the Government of Quebec website here for a complete guide on spring thaw zones, dates, regulations, and restrictions.

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Customer,

 

CN has issued following update to the industry:

 

 

This communication is for customers shipping to/from Quebec.

Transports Quebec has provided the dates for the lifting of the Spring Thaw
restrictions. 

Please note that payload weights in equipment to be delivered by CNTL can now be loaded per the normal requirements for shipments planned to arrive after the start-date noted below.

Official Dates* for the lifting of the weight restrictions at this time are:

  • Zone 1 – Friday, April 12, 2024

  • Zone 2 – Friday, May 10, 2024

  • Zone 3 – Monday, May 20, 2024

* Transports Quebec may change these dates depending on changes in
weather conditions. CN will not be responsible for any additional charges subject to this date change.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Account Manager.

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Customer,

 

There is growing concern of potential labour disruption at the Port of Montreal.

 

The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 375), which covers approximately 1200 longshore workers have been without a labour deal since their agreement expired on December 31.

 

Earlier this month, the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) dismissed a request from the MEA to require employees to work during a strike.  The rejection by the CIRB has now introduced the opportunity for job action or lockout after a six-month freeze while the ask was under consideration. That freeze ended with the board’s decision on March 14.

 

It would appear that the parties remain at an impasse with further negotiations stalled.  It is reported that the last meeting between the two sides took place back on January 16. 

 

Many in the industry are growing concerned that the union could issue a 72-hour strike notice at any point. 

 

It is also worth noting that labour tensions are also simmering in other areas of the transportation sector with both CN and CP in talks with the unions representing approximately 9200 conductors, engineers, and yard workers.  These discussions have been overseen by federal mediators since the beginning of March.

 

A mandated 60-day period of mediated negotiations followed by a 21-day cooling-off period means a work stoppage by either carrier could begin as soon as May 21.

 

We are continuing to monitor the potential for labour action in all cases above and will endeavor to provide further updates as new information is received.

 

Please reach out to your Hensall Global representatives should you have any questions / concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Customer,

 

CN has issued following update to the industry:

 

To keep you informed, below are details about the collective bargaining between the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) union and CN. Previous information can be found here: www.cn.ca/TCRCinfo.

As of March 18, 2024, CN and the TCRC have resumed negotiations with the support of federal conciliators appointed on March 1. During the conciliation period, the parties will continue bargaining to reach a negotiated agreement.

To address questions about CN’s offer to the TCRC, we have shared further details on www.cn.ca/TCRCinfo as we continue to negotiate in good faith with the union leaders. This offer provides TCRC-represented employees with better work conditions, work-life balance, prioritizes safety and maintains a strong supply chain.

We value our relationship with unions representing CN employees, and it is our goal to work towards a negotiated agreement that is good for our employees, our customers, and the economy.

As previously mentioned, the bargaining process does not allow for work stoppage for close to three months after the appointment of federal conciliators. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to speak to your account manager.

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Customer,

 

CN has issued following update to the industry:

 

This communication is for customers shipping to/from Quebec.

As of this morning, February 29, 2024, the Quebec Government has brought forward Road Thaw restrictions to begin effective Monday, March 4, 2024. With this two week bring forward, we have no choice but to restrict traffic destined for the province of Quebec that are heavy, and require special handling by CNTL to be payload reduced effective immediately (see Table 1 below).

Please note that payload weights in equipment to be delivered by CNTL must be reduced per the requirements below for shipments planned to arrive after the start-date noted above.

To assist our customers during this period of reduced payload, CN will establish a "Latest Shipping Date" where customers may ship at regular payload weights from each terminal (based on the consignee receiving the traffic immediately upon arrival at the destination terminal).

Note, the shipping date will be referred to as the Reservation Date. CN’s online tools can assist in determining the Reservation Date and Trip Plan.

In the event of an overweight load, CN may arrange transloading, or use specialty equipment to deliver the load. Any transloading requirements will be done at the prevailing market rate to be confirmed. To ensure the specialty equipment is not detained, all deliveries must be live-unloads. The overweight arrangements will be made after receiving written confirmation that the payer understands the charges.

Overweight traffic delayed online, but shipped prior to the "Latest Shipping Date", will be delivered by CN without the application of overweight charges.

The following table shows the "Latest Shipping Date" relative to the start of CN’s Spring Weight Restrictions:

 

Table 1 – Latest shipping date for deliveries in Quebec’s Zone 1

 

Traffic Origin

Latest shipping date for Spring 2024

Halifax

29 February

Moncton

29 February

Montreal

29 February

Winnipeg

29 February

Saskatoon

29 February

Edmonton

29 February

Calgary

29 February

Vancouver

29 February

Detroit

29 February

Chicago

29 February

Memphis

29 February

Jackson

29 February

New Orleans

29 February

Mexico

29 February

 

The maximum payload handled using CNR equipment during the Spring Weight Restriction period is:

 

Table 2 – Maximum Payloads and Axle Weights

53ft Dry

49,100 lb

53ft Heat

46,900 lb

53ft Reefer

47,000 lb

40ft Ecotherm

47,730 lb

40ft Dry

52,500 lb

45ft Dry

50,000 lb

 

Table 3 - Maximum Gross weight

 

Steer and drive weights cannot exceeed

 

Front single axle

12,000 lb

Tandem axle

34,100 lb

Triple axle

46,300 lb

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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CP - 2024 Quebec Thaw Restrictions - Update

Dear Customer,

 

CP has issued following update to the industry:

 

Quebec Ministry of Transport annual spring thaw weight restrictions.

 

The Ministry has updated the official dates for the 2024 load restriction period in the province of Quebec. For our customers shipping to and from the province of Quebec and in preparation for the spring weight restrictions, CPKC will be implementing our reduced weight requirements as outlined below in Tables 1 & 2.

 

Overweight loads will be returned to the Shipper at the payer of freight’s expense. Domestic shipments where CPKC performs the drayage, weights must be reduced and evenly distributed in the unit in order to avoid possible charges and fines associated with the Quebec and New Brunswick spring thaw restrictions. The payer of freight retains responsibility for any such charges.

CPKC will advise via Customer Bulletin when the reduced weight restrictions will be lifted, this will be based on Quebec spring thaw restrictions end dates published by the Ministry of Transport.

Final dates to ship without restrictions

The final shipping dates without restrictions are listed below in Table 1. Maximum payload is noted in Table 2. We encourage you to visit the Government of Quebec website here for a complete guide on spring thaw zones, dates, regulations, and restrictions.

Overweight traffic delayed online, but shipped on or before the Last Shipping Date will be delivered by CPKC without the application of overweight charges.
 

Table 1:

 

Last shipping date with regular payload weight:

 

Traffic origin

Quebec Destination

Edmonton IMS

Thursday, February 29th

Minneapolis IMS

Thursday, February 29th

Vancouver IMS

Thursday, February 29th

Calgary IMS

Thursday, February 29th

Regina IMS

Thursday, February 29th

Winnipeg IMS

Thursday, February 29th

Schiller IMS

Thursday, February 29th

Vaughan IMS

N/A

 

Table 2:

 

Maximum Payloads - allowable content weight:

 

Chassis

Container Type

Destination Lachine (Pounds)

Tridem

53' CPPU Refrigerated

46,500

Tridem

53' CPPU Heater

48,300

Tridem

53' CPPU Dry Van

50,500

Tridem

53' CPPU83 Series

48,100

Tridem 

53' CDAU & Former EMHUs re-stenciled to CPPU

48,100

Tridem

40' Marine Dry

51,000

 

Spring Thaw Allowable Axle Weights:

 

Steer Axle

Drive Axle

Rear Axle

12,100

34,100

34,100

12,100

34,100

46,250

12,100

34,100

60,500

 

CPKC Dray Restrictions

CPKC will not move any containers with a payload in excess of the Government of Quebec spring thaw weight restrictions on CPKC chassis (Triaxles and Tandems). On all overweight shipments, the payer of freight is responsible for securing their own dray vendor and chassis equipment to move overweight containers to and from CPKC’s Lachine ramp.

 

Should the payer of freight request CPKC assistance to support movement of overweight load from Lachine terminal, CPKC may arrange for use of a quad axle chassis. Please refer to CPKC’s Tariff 3 for all ancillary charges or click here. The overweight arrangements will be done after receiving written confirmation that the payer understands and accepts the charges. Only live offload deliveries will be permitted.

 

Shipments moving to/from Lachine IMS, destined for Eastern Ontario

 

Please click here to refer to CPKC’s Domestic Dray tariff 7551 for a complete list of Ontario cities serviced by Lachine IMS which are subject to spring thaw weight restrictions.

This broadcast is intended for Intermodal customers shipping to Quebec, (excludes International marine traffic). If you have difficulty reading this email, click here to log into Customer Station and view it there.

 

Service Plan (22, 25, 62, & 65)

 

CPKC will not load any overweight containers on CPKC chassis (Triaxles and Tandems) as per the Government of Quebec spring thaw weight restrictions after CPKC’s spring thaw start date of March 18th, 2024. When booking a load as Door-to-Ramp or Ramp-to-Ramp, the payer of freight is responsible for securing their own dray vendor and chassis equipment at destination Lachine IMS ramp.

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Dear Customer,

 

CN has issued following update to the industry:

 

I am writing to inform you of the ongoing collective bargaining with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which represents approximately 6,000 conductors, conductor trainees, yard coordinators and locomotive engineers across CN’s network in Canada.

Negotiations started in November 2023. On February 16, 2024, CN filed a Notice of Dispute to support the parties in achieving a negotiated settlement. We will continue negotiating with TCRC to reach a deal that would modernize our railway in a manner that will deliver the best possible service to our customers, while providing our employees with better work conditions and better work/life balance.

Recent regulatory changes have challenged crew availability and CN is proposing to address that issue through a modernization of the compensation model.

Considering the applicable legal framework, we do not expect any work stoppage for at least three months from the date of the notice of dispute.

The Minister of Labour is expected to appoint a conciliator in the next 15 days. We are fully committed to a negotiated outcome and welcome the assistance of the conciliators to reach an agreement that allows us to continue to deliver quality service to our customers, maintain a strong supply chain and keep the economy moving.

As negotiations continue, we will provide timely, transparent updates. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to speak to your account manager.

Useful information about the bargaining process and frequent updates are available at www.cn.ca/TCRCinfo.
 

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Sincerely,

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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CP - 2024 Quebec Thaw Restrictions

Dear Customer,

 

CP has issued following update to the industry:

 

Quebec Ministry of Transport annual spring thaw weight restrictions.

 

For our customers shipping to and from the province of Quebec and in preparation for the spring weight restrictions, CPKC will be implementing our reduced weight requirements as outlined below in Tables 1 & 2.

 

Overweight loads will be returned to the Shipper at the payer of freight’s expense. Domestic shipments where CPKC performs the drayage, weights must be reduced and evenly distributed in the unit in order to avoid possible charges and fines associated with the Quebec and New Brunswick spring thaw restrictions. The payer of freight retains responsibility for any such charges. Please note – at this time the Ministry website reflects predicted dates. If the Government of Quebec issues an earlier date for spring thaw weight restrictions than CPKC’s effective date, we will advise accordingly.

CPKC will advise via Customer Bulletin when the reduced weight restrictions will be lifted, this will be based on Quebec spring thaw restrictions end dates published by the Ministry of Transport.
 

Final dates to ship without restrictions

The final shipping dates without restrictions are listed below in Table 1. Maximum payload is noted in Table 2. We encourage you to visit the Government of Quebec website here for a complete guide on spring thaw zones, dates, regulations, and restrictions.

Overweight traffic delayed online, but shipped on or before the Last Shipping Date will be delivered by CPKC without the application of overweight charges.

 

Table 1:

 

Last shipping date with regular payload weight:

 

Traffic origin

Quebec Destination

Edmonton IMS

Monday, March 4th

Minneapolis IMS

Monday, March 4th

Vancouver IMS

Monday, March 4th

Calgary IMS

Tuesday, March 5th

Regina IMS

Tuesday, March 5th

Winnipeg IMS

Tuesday, March 5th

Schiller IMS

Tuesday, March 5th

Vaughan IMS

N/A

 

Table 2:

 

Maximum Payloads - allowable content weight:

 

Chassis

Container type

Destination Lachine (Pounds)

Tridem

53' CPPU Refrigerated

46,500

Tridem

53' CPPU Heater

48,300

Tridem

53' CPPU Dry Van

50,500

Tridem

53' CPPU83 Series

48,100

Tridem

53' CDAU & Former EMHUs re-stenciled to CPPU

48,100

Tridem

40' Marine Dry

51,000

 

Spring Thaw Allowable Axle Weights:

 

Steer Axle

Drive Axle

Rear Axle

12,100

34,100

34,100

12,100

34,100

46,250

12,100

34,100

60,500

 

CPKC Dray Restrictions

CPKC will not move any containers with a payload in excess of the Government of Quebec spring thaw weight restrictions on CPKC chassis (Triaxles and Tandems). On all overweight shipments, the payer of freight is responsible for securing their own dray vendor and chassis equipment to move overweight containers to and from CPKC’s Lachine ramp.

 

Should the payer of freight request CPKC assistance to support movement of overweight load from Lachine terminal, CPKC may arrange for use of a quad axle chassis. Please refer to CPKC’s Tariff 3 for all ancillary charges or click here. The overweight arrangements will be done after receiving written confirmation that the payer understands and accepts the charges. Only live offload deliveries will be permitted.

 

Shipments moving to/from Lachine IMS, destined for Eastern Ontario

 

Please click here to refer to CPKC’s Domestic Dray tariff 7551 for a complete list of Ontario cities serviced by Lachine IMS which are subject to spring thaw weight restrictions.

This broadcast is intended for Intermodal customers shipping to Quebec, (excludes International marine traffic). If you have difficulty reading this email, click here to log into Customer Station and view it there.

 

Service Plan (22, 25, 62, & 65)

 

CPKC will not load any overweight containers on CPKC chassis (Triaxles and Tandems) as per the Government of Quebec spring thaw weight restrictions after CPKC’s spring thaw start date of March 18th 2024. When booking a load as Door-to-Ramp or Ramp-to-Ramp, the payer of freight is responsible for securing their own dray vendor and chassis equipment at destination Lachine IMS ramp.

 

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

 

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Dear Customer,

 

CN has issued following update to the industry:

 

This communication is for customers shipping to/from Quebec.

In order to avoid a potential backlog of heavy loads requiring special handling, we are implementing our Spring Weight Restrictions in advance of the Quebec Government notice. We are planning to have all heavy loads arrive prior to the anticipated start of restrictions on March 18, 2024. If the Government of Quebec issues an earlier date, we will adjust accordingly.

Please note that payload weights in equipment to be delivered by CNTL must be reduced per the requirements below for shipments planned to arrive after the start-date noted above.

To assist our customers during this period of reduced payload, CN will establish a "Latest Shipping Date" where customers may ship at regular payload weights from each terminal (based on the consignee receiving the traffic immediately upon arrival at the destination terminal).

Note, the shipping date will be referred to as the Reservation Date. CN’s online tools can assist in determining the Reservation Date and Trip Plan.

In the event of an overweight load, CN may arrange transloading, or use specialty equipment to deliver the load. Any transloading requirements will be done at the prevailing market rate to be confirmed. To ensure the specialty equipment is not detained, all deliveries must be live-unloads. The overweight arrangements will be made after receiving written confirmation that the payer understands the charges.

Overweight traffic delayed online, but shipped prior to the "Latest Shipping Date", will be delivered by CN without the application of overweight charges.

The following table shows the "Latest Shipping Date" relative to the start of CN’s Spring Weight Restrictions:

 

Table 1 – Latest shipping date for deliveries in Quebec’s Zone 1

 

Traffic origin

Latest shipping date for Spring 2024

Halifax

11 March

Moncton

11 March

Montreal

16 March

Winnipeg

4 March

Saskatoon 

4 March

Edmonton

4 March

Calgary

4 March

Vancouver

4 March

Detroit

11 March

Chicago 

11 March

Memphis

11 March

Jackson

11 March

New Orleans

11 March

Mexico 

28 February


The maximum payload handled using CNR equipment during the Spring Weight Restriction period is:

 

Table 2 – Maximum Payloads and Axle Weights

 

53ft Dry

49,100 lb

53ft Heat

46,900 lb

53ft Reefer

47,000 lb

40ft Ecotherm

47,730 lb

40ft Dry

52,500 lb

45ft Dry

50,000 lb

 

Table 3 - Maximum Gross weight

 

Steer and drive weights cannot exceed

 

Front single axle

12,000 lb

Tandem axle

34,100 lb

Triple axle

46,300 lb

 

Please be guided accordingly.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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Suspension of Service - Red Sea Region

Dear Customer,

 

Please note that due to recent heightened security incidents in the Red Sea region many carriers have announced their decision to suspend operations within the region in an effort to protect the safety and ensure the security of vessels and crew members.

 

Alternatively, many carriers have advised that they will reroute their vessels around the Cape of Good Hope (omitting transit via the Suez Canal).

 

 

Please note that the alternative routing will add upwards of 21 – 28 additional days to planned transit times as well as increased freight costs in the form of surcharges as carriers work to recover the additional costs associated with the redirection of cargo.

 

Please reach out to your Hensall Global contacts to inquire if you have affected cargo or wish to discuss specific concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

HENSALL GLOBAL LOGISTICS

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