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MONTREAL, Feb. 29, 2024 — As of this morning, February 29, 2024, the Quebec Government has brought forward Road Thaw restrictions to begin effective Monday, March 4, 2024. With this two week bring forward, we have no choice but to restrict traffic destined for the province of Quebec that are heavy, and require special handling by CNTL to be payload reduced effective immediately (see Table 1 below).

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. 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 2024
Halifax 29 February
Moncton 29 February
Montreal 29 February
Winnipeg 29 February
Saskatoon 29 February
Edmonton 29 February
Calgary 29 February
Vancouver 29 February
Detroit 29 February
Chicago 29 February
Memphis 29 February
Jackson 29 February
New Orleans 29 February
Mexico 29 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 46,900 lb
53ft Reefer 47,000 lb
40ft Ecotherm 47,730 lb
40ft Dry 52,500 lb
45ft Dry
50,000 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.