February 28, 2017

Quebec Spring Thaw  – Weight Restrictions Update  2017

Dear customer,

Please note the Quebec Spring Thaw Weight Restriction period will

begin February 27th, 2017 and continue through May 12th, 2017.


Official dates for 2017

Zone 1

From Monday, February 27 (00:01) to Friday, April 28 (23:59)

Zone 2

From Monday, March 6 (00:01) to Friday, May 5 (23:59)

Zone 3

From Monday, March 13 (00:01) to Friday, May 12 (23:59)

(Zones and Periods also to be found here: (https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/trucking/Pages/thaw-zones.aspx  )


During this period, the maximum cargo weight for all shipments moving by truck to and from Montreal is restricted. The Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway will also restrict acceptance of rail shipment with a Montreal destination to the maximum highway cargo weight limit during this period.

Loads exceeding the given cargo weights may incur extra costs that will need to be guaranteed prior to the delivery.  The additional costs may include extra miles driven, partial de-vanning to reduce load to legal weight limits and/or fines.

For additional information, please refer to the Quebec Ministry of Transport website link:https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/trucking/Pages/thaw-period-projected-dates.aspx

Kindly ensure that all your containers to be moved on the Quebec Province highways comply with these regulations.

Should you have any questions or require assistance with regards to this advisory or your shipment needs, please contact your local OOCL Customer Service.