Montreal and Halifax Update


Dear Valued Client ,

As you are aware, due to prolonged labor disruptions at the port of Montreal in August, a number of sailings were diverted to the Port of Halifax. While some congestion due to the influx of additional cargo was expected, we regret to advise excessive dwell times continue to be experienced.

To add to the challenges, the Port of Halifax is closed today due to Hurricane Teddy.

In addition to increased container volumes, the congestion at the Port of Halifax is further compounded by several key factors including:

  • Rail network congestion throughout much of Canada – this impacts both Export and Import cargo. There are no rail slots available in or out of Halifax for the next 10 days at minimum.
  • The railroads inability to supply flatcars to key locations, including Halifax

Due to these factors, the Halifax terminals are cautioning affected Ocean Carriers and cargo owners that the recovery may last well into October.

While we regret the prolonged delay, rest assured Transatlantic  continues to exercise all available options, including regular dialogue with the carriers and marine terminals, to expedite any remaining cargo in Halifax.

In addition to Halifax, Montreal Terminals continue to experience excessive congestion as well. There may be an extended dwell time as well.

We appreciate your continued support and patience during this time.


Kind regards,

Transatlantic North America, Inc.

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