When an FCL container arrives at a rail yard depot and is grounded (removed from the rail car), you normally have one day to remove the container from the depot before storage charges commence. This 24-hour period is known as “free time” at the rail depot.
For example, if the container were to arrive late on Friday, and delivery could not be arranged until Monday, one option to avoid two days storage is to “prepull” the container from the rail depot, and store the unit at the truck carrier’s storage facility. There is a fee for a prepull, which on average is CAD $150.00, much less than paying for two days of storage at the rail yard, which would cost on average $400.00.
For more information, contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.