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MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2023 — To all 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 13, 2023. 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. Charges for use of quad chassis are as per tariff CN 9100 ($800 premium per delivery).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 2023
Halifax 24 February
Moncton 24 February
Montreal -
Brampton 24 February
Winnipeg 17 February
Saskatoon 17 February
Regina 17 February
Edmonton 17 February
Calgary 17 February
Vancouver 17 February
Detroit 24 February
Chicago 24 February
Memphis 24 February
Jackson 24 February
New Orleans 24 February
Mexico 10 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 47,700 lb
53ft Reefer 46,500 lb
40ft Ecotherm 51,300 lb
40ft Dry 52,500 lb
45ft Dry
50,400 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

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

Thank you, we appreciate your business.