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Tariff 2 - Railcar

Tariff 2 - Railcar supplemental servicesEffective October 1, 2020

Tariff 2 - Railcar supplemental servicesExpires September 30, 2020


Tariff 2 - Railcar supplemental servicesExpires August 31, 2020

​​​​​​​​Tariff 2 - Railcar supplemental services​​​​​Expires July 31, 2020

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Tariff 2 serving areas​:


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​​​​​​​​Medicine Hat​​

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Regina - Moose Jaw​​

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Greater V​ancouver​​

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Inside the railcar supplemental services guide

  • Shipping documentation​
  • Using railway cars and CP track
  • Switching within CP’s network & with other railways
  • Last minute changes & special requests
  • Shipments in transit
  • Ensuring the safety of your car
  • Miscellaneous fees & services
  • Payments and disputes

Related tariffs

FAQs about this tariff

How can I most effectively avoid "no-bill" type fees?

Follow CP's Guide to Products & Services (tariff 1) and ensure that your team is sending electronic shipping instructions to CP, letting us know that your car is ready to go. Sending faxes or emails to release loaded railcars, or asking the local CP train crew to take an extra car or two with them increases the risk of additional fees for cars that do not have proper shipping instructions.

What can I do to avoid asset use or demurrage?

The most effective way to avoid asset use fees is to make sure cars are not waiting for a request for placement on CP property and railway cars are loaded/unloaded and released within the time provided. CP encourages customers to be as efficient as possible, and would prefer not to have cars waiting on CP track or railway cars taking longer than a day to load/unload. Ultimately, each customer may choose to develop more efficient rail car ordering/processing capabilities or to pay CP for "short term parking" of railcars on CP track, and/or for additional time to load/unload a railway car at their facility. A few options to consider are:

  • more efficient loading or unloading processes, tools, or facilities
  • both the shipper(s) and receiver(s) working very closely to ensure a smooth, consistent flow of traffic that can be received and unloaded as soon as it arrives 
  • coordinate the ship date with your customer to coincide with when they will be able to receive it amongst their other orders
  • careful coordination between your purchasing and receiving teams to plan for a smooth arrival of product from various suppliers, etc.
  • purchasing additional local service ("special switch") if it is available
  • building additional storage capacity to store product at your facility
  • building track to hold railcars on your property instead of CP's

When does Asset Use start?

For cars headed to your facility, your quote includes the time up until the first scheduled opportunity to place the car, as per your service schedule. On the first scheduled opportunity to place the car, it will either be "actually placed" at your facility, or "constructively placed" on CP track while waiting for you to request it. This placement (actual or constructive) is the trigger to start asset use. At 0001hrs the next morning, every car that has not been released will be charged one debit or chargeable day. Here is an example:

An empty car arrives in the yard on Saturday, and the first scheduled service is on Monday. The car was not requested for placement on Monday, but ordered for Tuesday, so the car is constructively placed on Monday at 1500hrs. At 0001hrs the Tuesday morning the car "clock" starts with one debit. On Tuesday it is actually placed at 1500hrs, it is loaded and released at 1800hrs. Wednesday at 0001hrs the "clock" is stopped because the car had been released. The car has 1 chargeable day (Tuesday), which is offset by 1 credit or free day.

What about long-term railcar storage?

Long term storage is not widely offered by CP and is on an as negotiated basis only. If a private railcar is on CP track longer than the time included in your transportation quote, asset use fees apply.

What are CUF and APHIS fees?

Customs User Fees (CUF) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) fees are both US government fees, which CP passes through as appropriate. For more information about these fees and how they may apply to your shipments, please consult with your customs broker.

CUF and APHIS fees Eastport ID & Sweetgrass MT

Because CP is not the carrier that physically takes cars across the border at Eastport ID & Sweetgrass MT, CUF and APHIS fees are not assessed to CP by the US government, thus they will not applied by CP on shipments crossing at these points. The connecting carrier at these points may pass these fees through.

What happens if CP has only received shipping instructions for some of the cars I intend to release?

CP crews will only pull cars for which valid shipping instructions have been received and processed.  Crews on site will pick-up unobstructed billed and released inventory.  If the crew has the ability to switch out billed inventory blocked by other cars, tariff 2 item 22 will apply.  If the crew cannot switch out billed inventory blocked by other cars, delays may occur.

I have a temporary disruption in my operation and I am unable to take the arrived cars now, but will resume operation shortly.  What happens?

This is covered by the last minute change.

I have a temporary disruption in my operation and will not be able to take the arrived inventory within the specified five days, what happens?

Car(s) may be reassigned and will be subject to fee(s) for being ordered and not used.