18 July 2023
Freight News

Canadian West Coast Ports Updates

CN: As of July 14, CN’s plan to resume service to/from the West Coast ports is to:

  • Prioritize all staged trains on CN’s network into the ports in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
  • Resume loading traffic on ground at CN terminals to the ports in British Columbia.
  • Resume accepting export loads and empty containers in Toronto, Montreal and Memphis.
  • Monitor ground count levels at terminals in Chicago, Detroit, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, and prioritize train departures from those terminals to free up space and resume acceptance of containers.
  • Work with port partners in Vancouver and Prince Rupert on planning outbound train departures.

Customers will be notified individually on their allocated capacity.


CPKC: CPKC has resumed rail operations at the Port of Vancouver. Its embargo on shipments was cancelled effective Saturday, July 15. International export-loaded containers are being accepted at CPKC terminals. International Intermodal customers should continue to monitor FastPass notifications for updates on local empty-container acceptance conditions. There continues to be no impact to Domestic Intermodal service.


CBSA: As a result of delays related to the port strike, CBSA expects an influx of vessels looking to off-load marine containers at ports that can accommodate them without delay. It is imperative that trade chain partners communicate effectively within the trade community to ensure accurate and timely submission of cargo reports and amendments. This will prevent further delays and allow for the movement of cargo throughout the process. In an attempt to minimize trade chain disruptions, the CBSA advises the following:

  • Marine carriers, as an interim measure, do not transmit the conveyance arrival certification message (CACM) until such time that the marine carrier has received confirmation that the vessel will be berthing and discharging, as scheduled.
  • Ensure that all advanced commercial information (ACI) cargo control documents, electronic house bills, house bill closed messages and EDI release requests are on file accurately, ensuring that any port codes or sublocation codes are revised, as required.
  • Ensure that all stakeholders communicate any conveyance and cargo revisions in a timely manner, keeping all trade chain partners apprised prior to the conveyance arrival.
  • The freight forwarder industry ensures that they have received release messaging, in addition to a deconsolidation notice, when release is expected.

Marine cargo reporting requirements are outlined in Memorandum D3-5-1 Marine Pre-load/Pre-arrival and Reporting Requirements.  Freight forwarder electronic house bill requirements are outlined in Memorandum D3-3-1: Freight forwarder pre-arrival and reporting requirements.


CBC News: The B.C. Port Strike Is Over, but Economic Impact Could Last Weeks

The British Columbia port strike might be over, but it’s expected to take weeks – even months – for supply chains and affected businesses to recover, according to experts. The Railway Association of Canada estimates it could take three to five days for supply chains to recover for each single day the port was shuttered. Following a 13-day shutdown, that’s at least 5-1/2 weeks. Some industry experts say it could take even longer.

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