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To all Customers shipping to/from the Province of 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’s announced start date of March 11, 2019. We are extending the latest shipping date for loads shipped with payloads at full CN weights originating from U.S. terminals, and our Moncton and Halifax terminals, from February 22 to March 1, 2019. February 15 remains the latest shipping date for all loads at full payload originating from Western Canada.

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 its 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 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. Charges for use of quad chassis are per tariff CNR-9100 ($600 premium per delivery). To ensure the specialty equipment is not detained, all deliveries must be live-unloads. The overweight arrangements will be done after receiving written confirmation that the payer understands the charges.

Overweight traffic delayed online, but shipped prior to "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 2019
Halifax March 1
Moncton March 1
Montreal -
Winnipeg 15 February
Saskatoon 15 February
Edmonton 15 February
Calgary 15 February
Vancouver 15 February
Detroit March 1
Chicago March 1
Memphis March 1
Jackson March 1
New Orleans March 1
Mexico 10 February

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

Table 2 – Maximum Payloads & Axle Weights

53ft dry 49,100 lbs
53ft heat 47,700 lbs
53ft reefer 46,500 lbs
40ft Ecotherm 51,300 lbs
40ft dry 52,500 lbs
45ft dry
50,400 lbs
Steer and Drive Weights Cannot Exceed:
Front single axle 12,000 lbs
Tandem axle 34,100 lbs
Triple axle 46,300 lbs

Thank you for shipping with CN

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