Canada – Port of Montreal Industrial Action – Rail Delays

Source: CN & Hapag-Lloyd

The recent work stoppage at the Port of Montreal has resulted in significant traffic diversions through other port locations.

The dramatic surge in ocean freight container volumes at terminals in Halifax, NS and Saint John, NB have resulted in longer than anticipated import dwell times, which can now be expected to be in the +14 day range. This is due to terminal congestion and the lack of adequate rail car availability, as both railroads adjust their networks to accommodate the new volumes.

In line with these diversions a significant portion of local Montreal destined traffic has been re-routed to CN’s Montreal Intermodal Terminal (MIT) for local delivery. As a result higher ground counts over the past few weeks has impacted the fluidity and throughput at MIT.

In order to accommodate the incremental volume of diverted traffic in a safe and sustainable manner CN has advised that they are opening another satellite terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

We will continue to keep close contact with all stakeholders and provide updates as the situation evolves.

Should you require assistance or further information please contact your local Delmar Representative.

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