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Canadian shipper organization seeks federal assistance to ax certain Class I tariffs


Canadian Industrial Transportation Association (CITA) March 21 filed a formal application with Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) addressing certain tariffs imposed on member companies by Canadian National Railway Co. and Canadian Pacific Railway.
CITA is asking CTA to formally declare that CN and CPR lack the authority under Canada Transportation Act of 1996 to unilaterally impose rules and charges contained in certain tariffs.
"Our members face increases of hundreds of thousands of dollars for 'supplementary charges and services' to their freight bills," said CITA President Lisa MacGillivray in a prepared statement, adding that the charges directly impact the cost of Canadian goods.
CITA specifically cites two railway freight tariffs that contain more than 250 railway rules, regulations and charges that are daily imposed on members to store equipment or weigh, switch, clean, load and unload rail cars.
"Members tell us they have little or no recourse in contesting these charges," said MacGillivray.
Per the Transportation Act, CTA has 120 days to consider and rule on CITA's application.