Potential for Canadian Pacific Strike

The unions representing workers at Canadian Pacific (CP), one of Canada’s largest railway network, have served CP with a strike notice set to commence at 22:00, Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Should the parties fail to resolve the current impasse in collective bargaining by the aforementioned date, CP will apply an embargo effective at 00:01 Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to:

  • All shipments originating in Canada which are billed to any Canadian or U.S. destinations
  • All shipments originating in the United States which are billed to any Canadian destinations

Businesses with in-transit sea cargo bound for Canadian ports should be aware their goods may not be transferable to rail transport should a strike occur. Those shipments will remain idle at Canadian ports until CP operations resume. Similarly, cargo currently on tractor-trailers bound for CP rail freight will be unable to load their cargo onto rail containers.

There is limited potential for contingencies in such circumstances. In rare instances, there may be an opportunity to re-manifest sea containers bound for rail freight into smaller ground transport units via tractor-trailer. Please contact your Livingston freight representative for more details.

Livingston is monitoring the situation closely and is committed to providing you with relevant updates in a timely manner. Please check the Shipment Tracker page (https://www.livingstonintl.com/shipment-tracker/) of our website for updated information about the status of CP shipments.

You may also contact CP customer service directly for up-to-date information on specific impacts to your shipments or other problem-resolution inquiries at 1-888-333-8111 or via email at customer_service@cpr.ca.