OTTAWA -- Conference carriers operating in the market linking Canada with Europe-Britain and Ireland have notified importers and exporters that they will raise rates in response to increases by the two national railways. Peter Raimondo, chairman of the Canada-U.K. Freight Conference and the Canadian Continental Eastbound Freight Conference, said two adjustments would be made to their Joint Canadian Inland Tariff.
A 6 0.000000uel surcharge that takes effect on Dec. 11 will apply to all rail components of inland rates. And, effective Jan. 1, a 4 0ncrease will be imposed on all rail components of inland rates.Canadian Pacific Railway on Tuesday announced a 4 0ncrease in its published rates and a 3 0.000000uel surcharge for all commodities but grain, effective Dec. 11. These increases follow a 3 0.000000uel surcharge that CP imposed in May.
Canadian National Railway increased rates at the beginning of November by 40n select open tariffs on carload freight, and by 60n U.S.-domestic and trans-border intermodal traffic.
Raimondo also announced a surcharge of 50 Canadian dollars (US$32.32) per container on Montreal-area trucking services provided by member lines, effective Dec. 8. That announcement came after local trucking companies said they were instituting a surcharge of the same amount in response to the monthlong strike of container-hauling truckers at the Port of Montreal.
Trucking companies also will announce a rate increase to other destinations soon, Raimondo said.
In another notice, Raimondo said that normal demurrage and detention rules will be restored on Monday. During the strike, member lines serving Montreal suspended those rules as 13,000 containers stacked up on the docks.
The conference earlier had advised shippers and consignees that rates would rise US$50 per TEU and US$70 per FEU on all commodities, effective Jan. 1.
Westbound rates to Canada increased on Oct. 1, and the conference said those rates would rise again -- by US$150 per TEU and US$250 per FEU -- on April 1.
Several other increases were announced during this year for fuel surcharges and terminal handling charges.
The conference members are Atlantic Container Line, Canada Maritime Ltd., CAST Group Ltd., Hapag-Lloyd Container Line and Orient Overseas Container Line.