There’s a backlog of marine containers at the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. CN is helping to relieve this backlog by moving containers to their auxiliary storage yards in eastern Canada.
CN says they are doing this in response to requests from Canada’s transport ministry, the ports, and trade groups that want to clear the surge of imports sitting at the ports or on anchored vessels on the West Coast. But this will come at a cost to shippers. CN is charging a shuttle fee of $300-550 for each container moved to the relief yards, with limited free time at the facilities.
Storage shuffle: CN’s eastern Canada depots aim to relieve western port backlog, Journal of Commerce, Aug 29, 2022. Accessed Oct 17, 2022.