customs brokerage, freight forwarding and truck transportation

Importers, exporters, truckers and forwarders fretting over unreasonable wait times at CN and CP rail

: Transport

Importers, exporters, truckers and forwarders fretting over unreasonable wait times at CN and CP rail 2017-08-14

The peak season for imports from the Far East brings with it the usual increase in dwell times for inbound containers at terminals and ports throughout Canada.

This year the problem is especially acute at the railheads in Montreal and Toronto where most of these units are bound for and is driven mainly by a lack of adequate, timely service capacity allocated by the rail companies (peak period demand coupled with the requirement to have units removed from rail by 7h00 or 9h00 to save storage is driving haulers to pre-pick or pre-pull units rather than permitting direct delivery and that causes both additional expense and liability for all involved). CN and CP are (and for a long time have been) actively trying to deter early morning P&Ds preferring to shift demand for service to off-peak periods at night and over the weekends (so that truckers demand is spread out throughout the railcos 24 hour day, 7 day work week).

CIFFA (the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, of which Milgram is a longstanding member) is monitoring the issue, is engaged with stakeholders (including CN and CP) and will advise updates on the situation. As soon as they update the association’s membership, we will notify our clientele accordingly. 
In the meantime, be aware of congestion at the rail terminals. Be aware of the impacts of drivers waiting. Inform importers and exporters of possible consequences of these delays.


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