For all shipments handled by CN Truckers:

To All Customer Shipping to or from the Province of Quebec. We are expecting that the Government of Quebec will soon be issuing notice of their weight restrictions. You may recall that last year, the period was to start on March 13th, but then was suddenly changed to February 27th. In order to avoid a potential backlog of heavy loads requiring special handling, this year we are implementing our Spring Weight Restrictions in advance of the Quebec Government notice. We are planning to have all heavy loads arrive prior to the start-date of Monday, February 26th, 2018. If the Government of Quebec issues an earlier date, we will advise accordingly.

Please note that payload weights in equipment to be delivered by CNTL must be reduced per the requirements below for shipments planned to arrive after the start-date noted above.

To assist its customers during this period of reduced payload:

CN will establish a "Latest Shipping Date" where customers may ship at regular payload weights from each terminal (based on the consignee receiving the traffic immediately upon arrival at the destination terminal).

Note the shipping date will be the Reservation Date. CN’s online tools can assist in determining the Reservation Date and Trip Plan.

In the event of an overweight load, CN may arrange transloading, or use specialty equipment to deliver the load. Any transloading requirements will be done at the prevailing market rate. Charges for use of quad chassis are per tariff CNR-9100 ($600 premium per delivery). To ensure the specialty equipment is not detained, all deliveries must be live-unloads. The overweight arrangements will be done after receiving written confirmation that the payer understands the charges.

Overweight traffic delayed online, but shipped prior to "Latest Shipping Date", will be delivered by CN without the application of overweight charges.

The following table shows the "Latest Shipping Date" relative to the start of CN’s Spring Weight Restrictions:

Table 1 – Latest Shipping Date for Deliveries in Quebec’s Zone 1


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Traffic Origin: Latest shipping date:
Halifax 18 February
Moncton 18 February
Montreal -
Toronto -
Winnipeg 11 February
Saskatoon 7 February
Edmonton 7 February
Calgary 11 February
Vancouver 10 February
Detroit 15 February
Chicago 15 February
Memphis 15 February
Jackson 15 February
New Orleans 15 February

The maximum payload handled using CNR equipment during the Spring Weight Restriction period is:

Table 2 – Maximum Payloads


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53ft dry 49,100 lbs
53ft heat 47,700 lbs
53ft reefer 46,500 lbs
40ft Ecotherm 51,300 lbs
40ft dry 52,500 lbs
45ft dry
50,400 lbs
Steer and Drive Weights Cannot Exceed:
Front single axle 12,000 lbs
Tandem axle 34,100 lbs
Triple axle 46,300 lbs

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