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Montreal Gateway Terminals To Require Seals On Empties As of May 14

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MGTP Issues Advisory on New Requirements for Container Sealing at Port of Montreal 2018-04-30

CIFFA (the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association) has informed us of the following:
Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGTP) has issued a terminal policy advisory effective May 14 regarding requirements for export containers at the Port of Montreal.
The two mandatory requirements will go into effect in preparation for the use of optical character recognition (OCR) technology later this year in their portal lanes for improving terminal fluidity. With this new technology, some trucking procedures may change.
Both full exports and empty containers are required to be affixed with a seal, prior to terminal gate entry, whose number must be provided to the trucking agent at the time of the ticket transaction.
As of May 14, seals will no longer be provided by the terminals of MGTP. All export hazardous containers are required to be affixed only with placards appropriate to the dangerous goods being carried prior to terminal gate entry. These placards must be in visible locations on the container. All other placards must be removed.
The Port of Montreal has further advised that these mandatory requirements will become terminal policy on the day of their implementation and non-compliance may lead to export containers being denied entry into the terminal.
Michael Fratianni, President and Chief Executive Officer, in a call with CIFFA, said that the general idea around the new measures is to increase fluidity and turn times at the port by having containers sealed before they arrive on port property, but the sealing requirement has been in place for 10 years already.
There are no specific requirements for type of seal on the containers. The idea is that the procedure creates an internal control mechanism whereby the returned sealed container (empty) is considered to be in usable condition with no debris inside.
The port will not re-open the container.
Fratianni said it’s about accountability and about fluidity, shaving a minute or two off the time it takes to seal the container at the port.  
  • For those importers who use the full container services of Milgram including store/door delivery (container drayage from the port or terminal to your door) there will be no net impact on your situation either in terms in terms of cost or service (owing to this change in policy at MGTP there will be no additional cost to you from us).
  • For those importers who do not use the full container services of Milgram including store/door delivery (where drayage is arranged through someone other than Milgram), please note the following:
    • Who is impacted by this change? Full container importers whose empty containers specifically have to be returned to MGTP.
    • Which carriers use MGTP in Montreal? CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL, Maersk, MSC (Sections 62 and 77)
    • Which type of seal has to be applied to the empty container? There is no specific model of seal specified by MGTP; any seal can be used so long as it is tamper evident and has a serial number on it. Note that ISO standard ISO 17712:2013 seals are required for sealing full export containers.
    • How much do seals cost and where are they available for purchase? Certain units are available on the internet for a cost averaging $0.15/each. They are available through online resellers including Uline, NovaVision, Label Master and others (Milgram does not recommend or endorse any reseller and does not offer any sort of warranty on any device that might be purchased from either company)
At this time we would like to remind our clients of the importance of assuring that their empty containers are left free of dirt or debris. Also any container damage discovered during unloading has to be informed to Milgram Dispatch as well as the dispatcher at our nominated trucker so that alternate arrangements to have the damaged container brought to an alternate depot of the carrier’s choosing. If an empty unit is made available for pick-up damaged, dirty or with debris inside and that is not advised to Milgram Dispatch or the truck dispatcher, the importer becomes responsible for the cleanup and possible eventual repair costs.
If your unit is coming through Milgram and Milgram is arranging your container drayage, please do not seal your own container; if required our trucker will do that for you.


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