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Quebec Spring Thaw Restrictions for 2020

The Quebec Ministry of Transportation has released 2020 “Spring Thaw” dates and zones. These are container weight restrictions imposed every year to protect Quebec highways during the spring thaw.

The maximum recommended cargo weight carried during the thaw period is as follows:

Zone 1
Montreal, Montmagny, Sherbrooke, St. Jerome

Zone 2
Val D’Or, Chicoutimi, Sept Iles, Riviere du Loup

Zone 3
Remaining portion of Quebec

Monday, March 09 (12:01 a.m.)
to Friday, May 08 (11:59 p.m.)

Monday, March 16 (12:01 a.m.)
to Friday, May 15 (11:59 p.m.)

Monday, March 23 (12:01 a.m.)
to Friday, May 22 (11:59 p.m.)

20’ Std: 47,900 lbs
40’ Std/HQ: 50,000 lbs
45’ HQ: 50,000 lbs
20’ Reefer: 46,000 lbs
40’ Reefer: 48,000 lbs

The weight restrictions not only apply to the total cargo weight within the container, but also the distribution of weight over the axles of the chassis. If cargo weight is not distributed evenly across all axles, the container could be subject to additional fines.

Please note, these details are guidelines. The dates are subject to change by the Quebec Ministry of Transportation, depending on actual weather conditions. It is advisable that you visit the

Ministry’s website

for complete updated details. We recommend that you ensure your shippers are aware of these cargo weight limits in order to prevent any additional costs/handling once containers arrive in Quebec during the thaw period.

Cargo that is deemed overweight may require the trucker to use extra axles which will incur additional costs.

If you have any questions concerning shipments booked with Universal Logistics and how they may be impacted by the above, please call (905) 882-4880, ext. 1308 Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions.

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