Update on April 24, 2018

“Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. on Friday tendered final offers to the bargaining committees of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to renew collective agreements. Consequently, the potential work stoppage that would have taken effect at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday did not occur.”  Read full article from American Shipper.


Hyundai Merchant Marine sent the following notice on April 20, 2018:

In our effort to keep you informed of the situation, please see updated information HMM received today from our rail provided Canadian Pacific (CP).



Canadian Pacific (CP) has received notice from the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Train & Engine (TCRC), and by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) that members of the respective unions will be withdrawing their services to operate freight and passenger trains and to maintain CP’s signaling systems in Canada, effective 0001, Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Throughout this process, we have been bargaining in good faith with both the TCRC and the IBEW and we remain committed to achieving a win-win solution in the best interests of all our employees, our customers, and the broader Canadian economy. CP officials remain at the table urging both unions to work closely with the company and federal mediators to achieve a positive outcome as soon as possible and in advance of the strike deadline.


In the event of a work stoppage, CP’s operational focus today is on ensuring a safe, structured shutdown of all of our Canadian train operations.

  • An embargo application for shipments routing to and from CP Canadian locations is now in place to be effective 0001, Saturday, April 21, 2018.

This embargo applies to:

– All shipments originating in Canada which are billed to any Canadian or US destinations
– All shipments originating in the United States which are billed to any Canadian destinations
– The embargo can be rescinded at any time

  • Cargo that is impacted by the work stoppage will be secured in a safe location
  • During the embargo which begins Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 0001, intermodal terminal gates will remain open, as long as practicable and capacity permits, in order to reduce the impact of the work stoppage by CP’s unionized employees represented by the TCRC and IBEW.
    • If at origin, customers will be able to request pick up or in-gate containers until terminals have reached their capacity
    • Private perishable protective service equipment and international reefers are excluded and will not be allowed in the terminals at this time as they require fueling/monitoring.
    • If a container has arrived at its destination terminal, customers will be able to request delivery or pick up containers from the terminal
    • CP will not be providing over-the-road train service during the work stoppage
    • CP will communicate to customers when terminals are nearing capacity to avoid loads being turned away at the gate


Scarbrough will monitor the situation closely and notify clients affected by the strike. Please be advised that any additional costs including, but not limited to, detention, demurrage, storage and waiting time due to a strike action will be for the account of the cargo.

HMM, as well as Scarbrough, remain hopeful that CP and the unions will come to an agreement. We will continue to keep you informed of any developments. If you have any additional questions, please contact your dedicated customer service representative or email info@scarbrough-intl.com.