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Environmental surcharges


Tariff 9800 - Environmental surchargesEffective April 1, 2018​

Tariff 9800 - Environmental surchargesExpires March 31, 2018​

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FAQs about this tariff

What are carbon taxes and what does Tariff 9800 have to do with it?

Carbon taxes were created by the provinces to help consumers and businesses make more environmentally responsible choices to reduce their use of fossil fuels and related emissions.  The purpose of this tariff is to translate carbon emission costs from the method by which they are charged to the railway (e.g. $ per tonne of CO2 equivalent emissions, cap and trade) into a format applicable to customer shipments (e.g. $ per loaded car mile, $ per unit).

Does this tariff apply to me?

Yes.  Tariff 9800 applies to all shipments (i.e. all contract and tariff authorities).  Specifically, the surcharges in the tariff will apply to all shipments moving through British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario or Québec.  Should other governments implement environmental taxes or levies, surcharges to pass through such fees will be added to the tariff.

What charges are in this tariff and when would they be applied?

The BC, AB, ON and PQ Carbon Dioxide Emissions Surcharges will be applied to every shipment moving through these provinces, and will appear as a separate line item on invoices in the same currency as the associated freight charges.

How is the surcharge determined?

Each surcharge is calculated for equitable application to every car and container moving through BC, AB, ON and PQ to recover the incremental expense associated with environmental taxes or levies.  The surcharge amounts are calculated to recover this projected expense and CP monitors to ensure it is not over-recovered.

What will happen when a new environmental tax is introduced?

When a new environmental tax is introduced, a surcharge to pass through the new tax in an equitable manner will be added to the tariff.

How can I learn more about these environmental taxes and levies?