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Dwell times same at BIT: CIFFA

TORONTO, Ont. -- BIT statistics for Jan. 5 to January 18, 2004 inclusive show no significant improvement in dwell t...


TORONTO, Ont. — BIT statistics for Jan. 5 to January 18, 2004 inclusive show no significant improvement in dwell times compared to earlier weeks, reports CIFFA.

This is disconcerting since the prior two weeks were naturally impacted by the holiday season, say officials for the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association.

Monday morning volumes were lower this week compared to previous weeks. However, this low Monday morning inventory appears to be a function of the total volume of imports rather than improved weekend pick-ups, reports the CIFFA weekly newsletter.

Meanwhile, the changes made to the gate reservation process in December have resulted in continued improvement with respect to information provided by the cartage community, according to CIFFA.

CN expects to see the trend of decreasing number of cancellations and no-shows to continue so that no further action is required to improve the availability of gate reservations to carters who are truly going to utilize them, reports the association.


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