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 2021 based on the Spring Thaw Period.

The Quebec Ministry of Transport has issued its regulations for the annual Spring Thaw Period. This restriction is placed by the local authorities to account for road network’s lower weight bearing capacity during the annual thaw period. The weight restrictions apply to all truck movement to and from Quebec. To comply with the regulations – Maersk will implement the following maximum acceptable cargo weight restrictions.

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

Weight restrictions are not limited to the total cargo weight in the container. Restrictions require proper weight distribution over the axles.

Thaw Period Dates*
Zone 1: From Monday, March 8 (00:01) to Friday, May 7 (23:59)
Zone 2: From Monday, March 15 (00:01) to Friday, May 14 (23:59)
Zone 3: From Monday, March 22 (00: 01) to Friday, May 21 (23:59)

Please refer to map link here, should guidance be required on zone geography.

*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 here.

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We look forward to continuously serving your global transportation needs.

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