We at Maersk constantly strive to provide reliable and innovative products to our customers. In order to continue offering our high quality and unmatched reliability, we would like to alert you to changes in Quebec Weight Levels for 2020 based on the Spring Thaw Period.

The Quebec Ministry of Transport has issued revised regulation on the annual spring thaw period for vehicles or combinations of vehicles carrying only food products, sanitary and medical supplies, pharmaceutical product and goods necessary to produce food products. These vehicles or combinations of vehicles may instead comply with the load limits normally applicable outside thaw periods. A vehicle or combination of vehicle must comply with the two following conditions to be exempted from the reduced load limits

  • Carry only food products, sanitary and medical supplies, pharmaceutical product and goods necessary to produce food products.
  • Comply with the load limits normally applicable outside thaw periods.

Any other vehicle or combination of vehicle must comply with the reduced load limits during the thaw period. For cargo not listed as exempt from the revised regulations, the following maximum acceptable cargo weight restrictions will prevail

Dry Reefer Surcharge
20'
Dry
Up to 47,900lbs
Reefer
Up to 46,000lbs
Surcharge
NA
20'
Dry
47,901 - 53,000lbs
Reefer
46,001 - 51,000lbs
Surcharge
$390 USD
40'
Dry
Up to 50,000lbs
Reefer
Up to 48,000lbs
Surcharge
NA
40'
Dry
50,001 to 55,000lb
Reefer
48,001 - 53,000lbs
Surcharge
$390 USD

Thaw Period Dates*

  • Zone 1: From Monday, March 9 (00:01) to Friday, May 8 (23:59)
  • Zone 2: From 06 April (00:01) to 05 June (23:59) Note: This has been extended from the original notification of 5 May (23:59)
  • Zone 3: From 06 April (00: 01) to 05 June (23:59) Note: This has been extended from the original notification of 22 May (23:59)

Weight restrictions are not limited to the total cargo weight in the container. Restrictions require proper weight distribution over the axles.
*Thaw Period Dates are subject to change without any notification and are dependent on weather conditions.

Please refer to the Quebec Ministry of Transport for the most update to date details - English Version (Click here)

Frequently asked Questions - English Version (Click here)

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