Western Canada-Northern USA rail delays

June 21,2011- approximately 1445 Pacific Time-USA, a mainline outage occurred at Albert Canyon between Golden and Revelstoke in British Columbia. Crews are on scene and once an estimate of line clear is available, we will provide an update.

In southern Saskatchewan, the Souris River remains high and fast-flowing on portions of the Weyburn Subdivision between the Canada/U.S. border and Moose Jaw. The railway’s reroute plan is fully activated with shipments being moved over other gateways including over the Great Lakes. It is estimated this part of the line will be out of service for a week to ten days.

Just south of the border, the situation at Minot, North Dakota has worsened over the past 24 hours with city officials issuing a mandatory evacuation notice to over 10,000 residents. If the water reaches the newly predicted levels, it will top the record set in 1881 by over six feet and put CP’s mainline out of service sometime Wednesday as it rises. The river is expected to crest on Monday, June 27.

To mitigate the delays in the Portal Corridor from Glenwood to the border at Portal, we are pulling shipments back to Glenwood to fold into the trains being routed over the Noyes/Emerson and eastern gateways. Depending on the routing of the shipments, delays between 24 and 48 hours will occur. There is no impact to traffic moving between eastern and western Canada.

To view photos of the washouts and a map of the areas that are out of service and under watch, please click here. As the conditions change, embargos will be amended and/or removed.

ENS Mandatory filing for exports July 1,2011


The European Union has declared that they will begin the enforcement phase of EU1875 on July,1,2011 after six months of monitoring ENS filings. Adherence to the regulation requiring carriers to electronically file ENS data 24 hours prior to vessel ARRIVAL at port of loading (POL) will be MANDATORY !!!!!




There is a current backlog of containers moving to Kazakstan and the surrounding region when cargo moves via Qingdao, China. There may be a solution to this problem after June 20th when Railway official decide a proper course of action. The primary issue is shortage of rail flatcars.

St. Petersberg Update

Original Update 3/11/2011

Heavy wind & ice have paralyzed vessel activity in the Gulf of Finland moving to & from the port of St. Petersburg.  Earlier in the week Russia had dispatched the icebreaker “Vaygach” from Murmansk to assist with escorting stranded vessels.

St. Petersburg Surcharge

Original Update 4/1/2011

St. Petersburg congestion surcharge

Due to congestion in St. Petersburg, effective 4/1/11 there will be a fee assessed to all containers.  The amount will be different per carrier but should average $50 per container.

St. Petersburg emergency surcharge

On top of the congestion surcharge, carriers will start charging an emergency surcharge effective 3/20/11 to all import and export cargo in the amount of EURO 75 per TEU.

Shipping News From RCL Agencies

Original New Date: April 1, 2011

Import & export container volumes continue to show strength in the US market and many vessels are overbooked.  This demand has facilitated an announced GRI from most lines in the below amount.

  • Effective April 1, 2011
  • From / To USA / North Europe as well as other trade lanes
  • Amount: USD 240 per 20′ container & USD 300 per 40′ container

Our opinion is the full GRI can pass only if volumes continue to be strong through the end of this month.  Please be aware this increase is separate from rising fuel increases we are seeing and can expect over the next several weeks or months.


We look forward to updating rates specific to your cargo requirements and appreciate your continued patronage.

Importer Security Filing 5 Data Element Requirements for FROB, T&E, and IE Cargo

Under U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Importer Security Filing (ISF) requirement goods shipped to, or through the United States will require an ISF filing 24 hours prior to vessel’s loading. Currently an informed compliance period is still in effect; however, ISF requirements become mandatory on January 26, 2010.

For cargo destined to the United States US Customs will require 10 data elements known as the ISF-10, and for cargo passing through the US in the form of Freight Remaining on Board (FROB) or cargo intended to move through the US under a Transportation & Exportation (T&E) or Immediate Exportation (IE) bond, 5 data elements will be required prior to vessel load, known as ISF-5.

For ISF-5 the ocean carrier is responsible for FROB and the party responsible for creating the TE or IE will need to file these 5 data elements prior to vessel load:

  • Booking Party
  • Foreign Port of Unlading
  • Place of Delivery
  • Ship to Party
  • Harmonized Schedule Commodity Code (6 digit level) per item

This information must be collected at the time of booking in order to submit to either the carrier directly for FROB cargo, or to CBP for any T&E and IE cargo where Expeditors may be preparing the in-bond documents. Currently an informed compliance period is still in effect, however this requirement will become mandatory starting January 26, 2010.

The ISF-5 requirements are based on CBP information available today. Please
contact your local Expeditors representative for more information.

In addition, information on ISF-5 can be found on the CBP website at: