Yesterday, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) announced that engineers and conductors have provided notice that they will be “withdrawing services” effective Saturday, April 21, 2018. CP has begun planning and executing a “safe and structured” shutdown of their rail operations. The strike action is taking place because workers are asking for more predictable schedules to combat crew fatigue, and the union opposes cuts and concessions requested by CP Rail.
An “embargo application” is now in effect for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations. The embargo can be rescinded any time but applies to:
- Canadian-origin shipments billed to any Canadian or US destinations,
- US-origin shipments billed to any Canadian destinations.
Discussions continue between the two parties. However, a strike will have a crushing impact on freight movement throughout Canada. Customers with goods transported via CP Rail can expect delays. If you have questions regarding a specific shipment, please call a Deringer service center.