East and West Coast Port Congestion – Increase of dwell time

Dear valued Customer and Agencies,

As you are aware, the Montreal port strike has generated a slowdown of operations resulting in a negative impact on all steamship lines and impeding CMA’s ability to move cargo in a timely manner and maintain same level of service.

This recent work stoppage has forced us to deviate many vessels to Halifax and Saint John, resulting in a significant inbound traffic increase which is now hindering the terminals ability to load our cargo on rail cars, therefore the ground count remains pressingly high and we anticipate the current situation to persist for weeks to come.

This volume surge in East created a ripple effect from the terminal operators to the rail network and as a result of import volumes exceeding terminal and rail road capacities, loading of units doesn't occur as per usual dwell time standards due to operational constraints and we are experiencing a shortage of gencars and clip ons to sustain the demand for import and export requirements.

On top of rising inbound volume, there are many extra loaders but even with this inflow directed to the western Canadian ports, the volume of ctrs being discharged exceeds the terminals capacity to apply the FIFO basis.

We strongly suggest to all our Import customers to:

➢ Closely monitor their containers on CMA’s and CN’s websites in order to action pro-actively

➢ Consider switching any ctrs before vessel arrival that could move out by truck instead of rail

➢ Beneficiate from the ERS (Expedited Rail Service) whenever possible, please check with the CDA Imports team for terminals that can offer this service, and unto which ramps it can apply

Even though this port and network saturation are beyond our control, please note that we are working ardently with our partners on a contingency plan to remediate to this unique situation.


As Agents for CMA CGM S.A.

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