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Intermodal shipping guide

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We ship millions of tons of freight every day and accomplishing this is no small feat. It takes effective communication and teamwork on all ends, including yours.

Intermodal Shipping Guide

Our Intermodal Shipping Guide answers your questions about shipping with Canadian Pacific. An easy-to-reference manual, it includes information about rates and credit, our fleet, service plans, ordering equipment and load releases.

Read our Intermodal Shipping Guide


Our domestic intermodal schedule estimates transit times for CP intermodal services. 

Here's how to read it:

  • Let's say you load and release a container on Monday. That will be considered day 0. 
  • If the transit time is shown as "available day 3 morning," then the shipment will be available for delivery Thursday morning. 
  • Evening availability is defined as 12 p.m. onward.

Read our domestic intermodal schedule 

CPKC network intermodal schedule - Canada US & Mexico

Whether you have your own equipment, or choose to use CP-controlled equipment, outbound loads must be in the terminal by the relevant cut-off time to ensure departure on the next train. To allow enough time to get to the shipper's facility and back to the terminal before the cut-off time, you must ensure that at least four hours' notice is given to the Centralized Operations Group (COG) before a load is to be released. Loads released after the notice deadlines may be delayed.​


CP is moving to automated gate kiosk processes and technology this year which is changing the way that trucks enter and exit CP intermodal terminals. Cameras, automated kiosks and gate arms are being installed that will permit entry and exit of trucks. 

read our CP FastPass Quick Reference Guide for more info

CP FastPass Training Documents:

Safety rules for carriers

At CP, Safety is one of our core foundations. We are obligated to ensure our terminals are a safe environment to work in. For us to maintain our status as the safest railway in North America, we are changing the violation process to ensure all permitted carriers are working as safely as possible when coming onto our property. ​

When a driver creates an unsafe condition or violates a rule that driver will be suspended for:

  • First Violation​:  24 hour suspension
  • Second Violation:  72 ho​ur suspension   
  • Third Violation:  the driver will be denied access from working at CP Intermodal terminals for an indefinite period of time at Management’s discretion

Motor Carrier safety

Know the rules you need to follow in our Intermodal yards to ens​ure the safety of yourself and our employees.

PPE Requirement ​

When on CP property, drivers must wear approved personal protective equipment and clothing that meets the industry's safety standards (CSA, ANSI). These include as a minimum:
  • ​​Hard Hat 
  • Safety Glasses with mounted side shields 
  • A high visibility traffic vest fastened-or clothing
  • Safety footwear laced fully
Drivers failing to produce these safety items will be denied access at the In-gate