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Tariff 7 - Between railways

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Tariff 7 - Between railways​​​​​Effective August 1, 2017

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Tariff 7 - Between railways​​​​​Expires July 31, 2017

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Supplemental services and fees 
  • ​ Definitions
  • What’s included
  • Interchange errors
  • Zone switching in Canada
  • Reciprocal switching in the U.S.

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about this tariff

Does this tariff apply to me?

This tariff applies to other railways, as such has limited if any impact on a given customer. The reciprocal switching section lists customers that are "open" to reciprocal switching, meaning other railways can ship cars to or from the facility for the price listed in the tariff. Other railways looking to ship cars to or from customers served by CP and not listed in the tariff should contact the CP commercial representative to set-up a quote.

What is zone switching?

Zone Switching is a term used to refer to the Canadian Transportation Act's Interswitching section which uses zones to determine the applicable rate for switching cars between a local facility and the nearest interchange with a connecting railway. More information on Zone Switching or Interswitching in Canada can be found here: http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/sor-88-41

What is reciprocal switching

Reciprocal Switching is the industry term for switching cars between a local facility and the nearest interchange with a connecting railway, where the railway performing the reciprocal switch does not participate in the linehaul of a railcar. Customers may be "open" to reciprocal switching, meaning other railways can ship to or from the facility using the prices in the tariff. Customers may be open or closed subject to certain conditions, or they may be closed to reciprocal switching, meaning other railways or the customer must contact CP before beginning a new shipment to a new origin or destination to set-up a quote. The invoice for reciprocal switching is sent to the connecting railway that is participating in linehaul, who then pays the railway performing the reciprocal switch.

What does CP classify as TIH?

CP does not classify commodities as TIH, this is done by the Canadian and U.S. governments who each publish their own lists of what is deemed toxic or poisonous by inhalation. The AAR has created a relatively simple circular (OT-55i) which can be found at the following web-address: http://boe.aar.com/boe-download.htm.

I'm a customer that was open, now I'm closed... why?

Customers who had been listed in the old tariff as being open who are not listed in the new tariff are either served by a short-line (e.g. Minnesota Commercial Railway) thus not actually directly served by CP anyway, or have not received or sent any cars in the last year or more. If you would like to discuss new transportation options or new shipping opportunities, please contact your CP account manager.

I've changed names or moved, what should I do?

If you are listed in the tariff and your company name changes or you have a new address, please contact your CP Account Manager.