Toronto, April 20, 2018
The following message was issued by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association on Friday, April 20:
Intermodal Terminals to Be Open During Any Stoppage; Containers on Rail Will Be Stopped at Safe Intermediary Point
In a customer advisory sent Wednesday evening, April 18, Canadian Pacific said it had received notice from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Train and Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) that members of the respective unions would be withdrawing services to operate freight and passenger trains and to maintain CP's signaling systems in Canada effective 0001, Saturday, April 21.
CP said it has commenced and will continue to execute a safe and structured shutdown of its train operations in Canada.
Any containers on rail at time of a work stoppage will be stopped at a safe intermediary point and remain there until rail service resumes. Containers that arrive at their destination intermodal terminal will be available to be picked up, as CP's intermodal terminals will be open during any stoppage.
An embargo application for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations is in place to be effective 0001 Saturday, April 21. The embargo applies to:
The embargo can be rescinded at any time.
CP said it will continue to bargain in good faith with the TCRC and the IBEW and remains committed to achieving a win-win solution for the company and the two unions.
For more information, please call (905) 882-4880, ext. 207 – David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.