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Port of Montreal - Update

Dear Customer,


Please note that further to previous advisories, we are seeing the situation in Montreal worsen and the pipeline rapidly shutting down in response.


Notification regarding port omissions are starting to be issued by the respective vessel lines. Noted vessels with planned call at Montreal are being diverted to Halifax or Saint John for the unload of import cargos.


As a result of the omissions and disruption to port operations, we are seeing the rail carriers react in an effort to mitigate congestion in the pipeline.


At current, it would appear that no new CN RVs will be provided to the market – regardless of intended terminal. Indications received from CN this morning would suggest that export receiving may not commence again until week of Aug. 17th . As a result, containers returning to a CN inland hub will only be accepted for ingate if there are pre-existing CN RVs in place. 


CP, who has remained open for receiving throughout this is now advising that they too have shut off export receiving – for omitting vessels specifically. We are working obtain clarification on their overall position. It is still possible that we may be able to continue to move some cargo through their corridor however all is dependent at the moment on the vessels continuing to call Montreal.


It would appear that there is a small volume of local Montreal cargo being permitted entry into the port. We are working to gauge a better understanding on the application of acceptance.


It is important to note that entering further containers into the pipeline at this time could result in extended delays as well as material charges for the account of the cargo.


Your HGL Co-ordinators are working to review the status of each booking at this time.


The situation remains fluid and we will continue to update as new information is made available. 


We will continue to provide updates as they become available.





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