To comply with Quebec Ministry of Transport regulations, MSC Canada will be applying restrictions to cargo weight during the annual Spring Thaw period. Please see below the official dates by zone:
SPRING THAW PERIOD – OFFICIAL DATES*
Zone 1: March 5 – May 4
Zone 2: March 19 – May 18
Zone 3: March 26 – May 25
*Start and end dates by zone are subject to change, without notice, depending on weather conditions. Please consult the Quebec Ministry of Transport website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/camionnage/Pages/periode-degel.aspx
These weight restrictions will apply to all pre-carriage and on-carriage deliveries to and from the province of Quebec performed by truck within the period. The maximum allowable cargo weights are below for your reference.
It is also important to note that the weight restrictions not only apply to the total cargo weight in the container but also to the distribution of the weight over the axles of the chassis. If the weight is not distributed evenly across all axles, the container will then be subject to an axle overloading fine. All charges will be for the account of the shipper.
For further information concerning Spring Thaw regulations, please contact your local MSC Canada office.