Rail Shipper Remedies: Using the Law to your advantage

At a time when shippers continue to report declining service levels, arbitrary increases in rates and ancillary charges for special services and more penalty charges, the remedies open to shippers to protect their rights in dealing with Canada’s Class 1 railways are more important than ever.

The Canada Transportation Act was created to provide shippers with tools to level the playing field between shippers and railways. The Act provides shipper provisions that allow the shipper to get better service, pay a fair rate and settle disputes with rail partners. The FMA can help navigate the regulatory landscape and offer strategies to counteract the imbalance in bargaining power between the railways and shippers.

Bring your company’s transportation team together for a two-day dedicated, interactive strategic planning session to learn, discuss, plan, and take concrete action to help manage your rail issues. All sessions are confidential. In the wake of COVID-19, sessions will be held virtually until public health authorities allow for in-person gatherings.

Please visit the Members-only section (Membership Information tab) of the FMA website, www.fma-agf.ca to view a quick webinar on shipper rights, then contact John Corey at corey@fma-agf.ca or 613-791-1959 to learn how the FMA can help you.

If you are an employee of a FMA member company but do not have access to the members’-only section, please contact us at info@fma-agf.ca to request log-in details.