Increased Dwell Times at Canadian West Coast Ports

It is anticipated that ongoing delays and increased dwell times will persist at Canadian west coast ports for the next several weeks as we fast approach this year’s peak Lunar New Year shipping season.

Container to rail performance levels at the Port of Vancouver in particular have been severely affected in part by CN Rail’s recent winter mode implementation, which calls for shorter train lengths to safely cope with the onset of the harsh Canadian winter weather. 

In order to avoid further terminal yard congestion caused by the lack of adequate rail car supply, ground counts are being kept to a manageable level by delaying some of the scheduled vessel berths by up to 7 days. The berthing delays, coupled with increased dwell times, are resulting in longer transit times that are being felt across the supply chain.

Delmar will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure all shipments are delivered to their final destination in the most time efficient manner, however some delays can be expected due to the abovementioned.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local Delmar representative.

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