Ontario Independent Trucking Work Disruption

Date: September 10, 2015
Subject: Ontario Independent Trucking Work Disruption
What to expect and what you can do!

Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) work disruption measures have forced a virtual halt to trucking activity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with truckers protesting at several sites including CN and CP rail terminals. The initiative mirrors similar incidences witnessed in Vancouver earlier this year.

While negotiations continue, it is highly likely that the situation will escalate before a resolution is found. In the interim period all import and export containers arriving at rail terminals will be subjected to measures which likely will incur both substantial storage & demurrage costs and delays.

Delmar has utilized our internal trucking capabilities and outsourced contractors to remove as many containers as possible over the past week from rail terminals. The containers which are in our possession at our yards will be delivered either in-tact if possible or unloaded and delivered in our trucks.

We will continue to monitor the situation to determine the best manner to deal with goods en route to Toronto rail heads from West or East coast ports with the objective of diverting them through domestic channels and protecting them from the work disruptions.

In the event that the strike continues and is prolonged Delmar has formulated contingency plans with related pricing that would provide our customers with a viable option and solution for the duration of the ensuing disruptions.

Delmar is recommending that any Toronto destined containers that are still on the water be diverted to Montreal (at least 72 hours prior to vessel arrival at port of entry). The containers will be customs cleared, reloaded into 53 foot vans and delivered to your door. The additional costs would be USD$1250 plus any carrier diversion fees which may be applied by carriers.

Based on the events which will transpire in the coming days it may also be wise to book all future cargo to Montreal for re-handling and delivery to Ontario.

The economic factors related to these recommendations will differ dependant on the Canadian port of entry and will be less onerous for cargo arriving in Montreal.

Further detailed information and pricing may be obtained by contacting your local Delmar representative.

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