We at Maersk constantly strive to provide reliable and innovative products to our customers. To continue offering our high-quality reliability, we would like to alert you to changes in Quebec Weight Levels for 2022 based on the Spring Thaw Period.

The Quebec Ministry of Transport has issued its regulations for the annual Spring Thaw Period. This restriction is placed by the local authorities to account for road network’s lower weight bearing capacity during the annual thaw period. The weight restrictions apply to all truck movement to and from Quebec. To comply with the regulations – Maersk will implement the following maximum acceptable cargo weight restrictions:

For Cross Border shipments:

Container type Dry Reefer Surcharge
Container type
20'
Dry
Up to 47,000 lbs
Reefer
Up to 46,000 lbs
Surcharge
N/A
Container type
20'
Dry
47,001 - 52,910 lbs
Reefer
46,001 - 50,500 lbs
Surcharge
$390
Container type
40'
Dry
Up to 44,000 lbs
Reefer
Up to 44,000 lbs
Surcharge
N/A
Container type
40'
Dry
44,001 to 52, 900 lbs
Reefer
44,001 to 46,296 lbs
Surcharge
$390

For Montreal to Toronto and vice versa:

Container type Dry Reefer Surcharge
Container type
20'
Dry
Up to 40,000 lbs
Reefer
Up to 49,600 lbs
Surcharge
N/A
Container type
20'
Dry
40,001 - 52,000 lbs
Reefer
49,601 to 53,810 lbs
Surcharge
$390
Container type
40'
Dry
Up to 44,000 lbs
Reefer
Up to 40,000 lbs
Surcharge
N/A
Container type
40'
Dry
44,001 to 52,010 lbs
Reefer
44,001 to 50,500 lbs
Surcharge
$390

Weight restrictions are not limited to the total cargo weight in the container. Restrictions require proper weight distribution over the axles.

Thaw Period Dates*
Zone 1: From Monday, March 14 (00:01) to Friday, May 13 (23:59)
Zone 2: From Monday, March 14 (00:01) to Friday, May 13 (23:59)
Zone 3: From Monday, March 21 (00: 01) to Friday, May 20 (23:59)

Please refer to below map, should guidance be required on zone geography:
https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/camionnage/degel-periode-restrictions-charges/Pages/zones-degel.aspx

*Thaw Period Dates are subject to change without any notification and are dependent on weather conditions. Please refer to the Quebec Ministry of Transport for the most update to date details:
https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/camionnage/degel-periode-restrictions-charges/Pages/periode-degel.aspx (English version)

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