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- July 2017 -

Finally summer is here and hot temperatures are the norm in the month of July in Montreal.

Our transloading, stuffing and warehousing facility in Montreal is ready for these hot summer days to handle your volumes from and to Montreal.

If you are attending the CSCA in Vancouver and wish to meet with our team, let us know, we will be happy to meet with you and discuss your needs for next 2017/2018 upcoming season.

Do you need to buy containers for storage or for any other purpose ?
Do you need heavy machinery ?
Do you need to store your equipment ?

Call us for prices, terms and conditions.

Meantime we wish everyone in Canada, Happy 150th !!!

 

- June 2017 -

Latest Update June 2017

new_handler Please take note that the East Coast Commodities warehouse, stuffing and transloading facility in Montreal will be closed Monday, June 26, 2017 for St-Jean Baptiste Day.

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East Coast Commodities transloading, stuffing and warehousing Montreal will be attending “Pulses 2017 – The Future of Food” that will be held in Vancouver From July 10th to July 13th, 2017.
The GPC and the CSCA are putting together the biggest event ever and we will be there.

If you wish to meet to discuss next pulse season with us, let us know and will be pleased to see you there.

 

- May 2017 -

Spring Thaw 2017 is finally over since May 5th midnight and usual cargo weights can be hauled now from and to the port of Montreal without Quad chassis.

Volumes are starting to pick up again as a result of lifting weight restrictions.

East Coast Commodities warehousing, stuffing and transloading operations are ready for the new in/outbound flow of cargo coming in this month.

Send us your inquiries. Whether it is for general merchandise, specialty grains, special projects (out of gauge/over dimensional loads), long term storage projects, container sales or modifications. We are here to assist !

 

- April 2017 -

Latest Update April/2017

Please note that new Spring Thaw Ending Date as per latest update from DOT Quebec is May 5th, 2017.
Please contact us if you have any questions or if your shipments are affected by the new extended 2017 Spring Thaw Period.

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The worst of winter is over and spring temperatures are almost here.

Due to Spring Thaw road restrictions, shipping heavy loads gets more expensive for clients as they have to either pay same freight for lighter loads or pay higher freight for heavy loads. As a result, the overall volume of these heavy loads has slowed over Montreal and it will continue to be at very low levels till the restrictions are lifted on April 28th, 2017.

At our stuffing, transloading and warehousing facility in Montreal, we are having now more space available, hence please call us with your volume offers and take advantage of this slow down which won’t last long as we expect volumes picking up again end of April.

Our container and heavy machinery sale division is starting to get busy as inquiries are starting to poor in for containers and container modifications as well as specialized heavy machinery. If you have any of those inquiries, please contact us.

Remember that we handle special projects too: from wind turbines to satellite dishes, Oil rig platforms and any oversized cargoes. We can help you with those !

 

- March 2017 -

The sudden Spring Thaw announcement by DOT on Feb 23 that the Thaw starts on Feb 27th caused chaos in Montreal. Hundreds of intermodals moving from USA, other provinces of Canada as well as hundreds of import containers coming in through Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal were overweight already “in transit”. With such little notice, none got prepared to take effective measures and ship lighter. Even CP and CN accepted overweight contrs at origin not knowing that such a “sudden” measure would be introduced.

East Coast Commodities warehouse, stuffing and transloading facility in Montreal as well as our Montreal transport division Contruck Transport had to work around the clock to haul and unload as many loads as possible before Feb 27th. By doing this over the weekend, we saved thousands of dollars in “Quad” fees to our clients.

Beyond Feb 27th, all overweight containers had to be hauled with Quad chassis to be legal over the Quebec roads.

Another important highlight during this month was the 30 CM Snow Fall we had between March 14th and March 15th which left Montreal completely paralyzed as roads were either blocked or cut off which made it impossible for our drivers to transit.

Things are starting to slowly go back to normal and we expect to be all caught up by Friday March 24th.

 

- February 2017 -

Due to an unexpectedly mild spring, DOT Quebec has announced on February 23rd, 2017 that Spring Thaw in Quebec starts on February 27th, 2017.

This is putting a lot of pressure on both exporters and importers to get their loads to and from the port in a very short period of time.

At our warehouse, transloading and stuffing facility in Montreal we are working very hard to make sure goods are received and shipped in a timely fashion and relief clients from the worry of having their imports and exports getting stuck at the different terminals. Getting your cargo unloaded or loaded before Spring Thaw, will mean more savings for ECC clients, by not having to use Quad Chassis which are nowadays at a very high premium. These type of chassis are unavoidable once Spring Thaw comes into effect for heavy loads.

Spring Thaw is expected to last till April 28th, 2017.

Pls contact us for more information on the Quebec Spring Thaw Period and ways East Coast Commodities can take care of your loads.

 

- January 2017 -

January, has been, just like December, a very challenging month with great oscillation of temperatures from -20C to +1C, however we managed to get all vans and containers unloaded/loaded and delivered in time to the different points we ship from/to our warehouse, transloading and stuffing facility in Montreal.

Now we are looking forward to what is expected to be a very cold February.

East Coast Commodities Management and Staff take the opportunity to wish all our customers and suppliers a Fantastic 2017 ahead. Thanks you for your support and looking forward to strong New Year together.

Your success is our success !

 

- December 2016 -

Temperatures have plummeted in Montreal during few days this month to reach -25/35C with the wind factor. In addition, we have had a few heavy snow falls (up to 14 cm) and a lot of freezing rain precipitation. Weather has showed large variations of warmer (0 to -1C) and very cold (-25C) from a day to the next. This has created harsh conditions to operate in the yard and it has slowed down operations. Working in these conditions at our stuffing and transloading facility in Montreal has been challenging but we have managed to unload all vans, and all containers have gone out to port in time for closing. We will keep our customers duly posted about operational progress through our daily reports as volumes continue flowing steadily during this month of December 2016.

As another year is coming to an end, we would like to THANK all our loyal customers for their amazing support in 2016. We look forward to continue being of service to you during 2017.

In addition, the East Coast Commodities Team, takes this opportunity to wish all of you, your teams and respective families a very Merry Christmas filled with Love, Health and Abundance.

 

- November 2016 -

The month of November has been very busy for our transloading, stuffing and warehousing facility in Montreal. With the addition of one more container handler, as notified earlier in October, efficiency has been the key word during this month.

We have had the first snow fall during this month, however an accumulation of only 7 cms had no impact in our operations, as our crews cleaned up the yard quickly. Temperature averages in Montreal, generally above zero, have contributed to smooth pick up and deliveries for all our bookings.

 

- October 2016 -

A new addition to East Coast Commodities stuffing and Transloading facility in Montreal. Another container handler with capacity to lift 90.000 LBS. Adding this handler to our facility will give us the flexibility to handle larger bookings without putting any constraints on our 75x20' triaxel chassis fleet.

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As the export and import season continues strongly during the fall, East Coast Commodities continues growing to offer our customers the flexibility and service you are looking for.

You asked and we listened !

 

- September 2016 -

Harvest continues in Western Canada during the month of September. First New Crop loads are already moving to Montreal. We expect this month to be a busy month for our stuffing and transloading facility in Montreal.

Warehouse bookings have increased substantially too, as many import commodities are pouring in through the port of Montreal. Export cargoes of tote bags with primary products like grains, seeds and potash are also picking up helping to balance the import/export volumes.

You can count on us for all your warehousing and transloading needs. Call us to book space in our facility before year’s end.

 

- August 2016 -

Harvest in Western Canada started towards Mid-End August 2016 and we already see a lot of movement in the "trading scene". Weather permitting this could be a BIG year for the pulses industry in Canada.
We at East Coast Commodities are ready for the new season. Our stuffing and transloading facility as well as our warehouse in Montreal have been getting ready during the summer months to ensure everything goes smoothly this fall.

Contact us with your warehousing, cross-dock and transloading needs now that we still have space available.

 

- July 2016 -

CSCA convention was a success and main industry players seem to be very optimistic about the upcoming new crop 2016/2017. Now we have to wait and see how the weather will affect the crops from now till harvest time.

We, at East Coast Commodities, are ready for the new forecasted season volumes: transloading and stuffing, pulses, seeds and Agricultural products in our Montreal facility.

 

- June 2016 -

Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA) is holding its annual meeting in Toronto July 6-8, 2016. Pablo Metz will be attending to this convention and available in Toronto from July 5th to July 8th.
If you wish to meet, please contact at your convenience.

 

- May 2016 -

Do you need an inexpensive fully equipped office in your yard or construction site?

Do you need a shipping container for storage ?

Do you need to build a camp site to house a small or large group of people ?

Do you have a site and always dreamt to have a house overlooking the lake or the mountains ?

How about a coffee shop you can take with you to a better location in future ?

container sale

Our technical team can put together for you any design that comes to mind.
East Coast Commodities offers you a wide range of affordable possibilities using shipping containers to make your dreams and goals come true.

Check our Services section under Container sales and rentals and contact us now for pricing throughout Canada.

 

- April 2016 -

As you most know, East Coast Commodities has been offering Shipping Containers for sale at its Montreal location for six years now.
From Montreal we have delivered shipping containers and modified containers of all types across Canada.

ECC is now able to offer Canada wide quality container houses, specialized containers, prefabricated houses as well as new and used shipping containers.
We can now offer you complete packages to fit your needs. We are your “one-stop service” for shipping containers of all sorts.

We can turn your plans or conceptual ideas into economical and highly dependable products such as:

container sell

Our wide range of products and competitive prices will keep you coming back for more !

 

- March 2016 -

Spring is here and most of the ice/snow has melted away.

Spring Thaw Weight restrictions are in force since March 14th in Montreal area and expected to last till May 13th, 2016 according to DOT Quebec.

We, at East Coast Commodities Montreal, offer tailor made solutions for those customers who wish to load more weight than allowed. We have put at our client’s disposal our fleet of special chassis that can carry more weight due to an increased number of axles or spreads. As a result, our warehouse, cross dock and stuffing facility in Montreal has been able to keep steady volumes during this month of March.

We ask clients with special requirements during this period to contact us for rates and availability of those chassis.

Our entire ECC team would like to wish you a very Happy Easter.

 

- February 2016 -

February has been so far the coldest month this winter, with temperatures reaching -28C (-40C with the wind chill factor). These temperatures have not affected our transloading, Cross-dock and warehousing facility in Montreal although we faced few slowdowns due to icy conditions. We still managed however to pick up and deliver all loads from and to the port of Montreal in time as per clients’ requirements.

ECC would like to inform its customers that Quebec Spring Thaw is around the corner and weight restrictions may apply. For more details on Quebec Spring Thaw, pls visit: https://www.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/usagers/vehiculelourd/degel/Pages/Periode-de-degel.aspx

We will update this information during our March Newsletter.

 

- January 2016 -

During the XMAS period, Montreal port terminals were only opened December 21st, 22nd and 23rd. They opened again on the 29th and 30th and closed on the 31st of December until January 4th.

These closures made it very difficult to deliver all containers for export and to pick up full and empty containers for unstuffing/stuffing since terminals were heavily congested.

In addition, a snow storm on December 29th, left 40 CM of snow all over Montreal. Operations at our stuffing facility, cross dock and warehouse in Montreal were affected by this storm. Thanks to our heavy investment last summer on new equipment and conditioning existing equipment in our yard, operations continued although slower than usual while our crews were constantly cleaning up the yard to allow operations to resume at the usual pace. By the 30th, our yard was back to normal and ready to face the New Year.

A lot of deliveries and pickups have been planned for the week of January 4th when we expect temperatures to plummet in Montreal reaching – 30 C. This will again slow down yard operations and traffic to and from the port.

We will keep our clients updated with anything that could adversely affect operations in Montreal.

The East Coast Commodities team takes this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Successful 2016.

 

- December 2015 -

The year 2015 is nearly coming to an end and our transloading, stuffing and warehouse facility in Montreal is fulfilling all year end rush requirements of our customers.

We kindly ask our loyal customers to book early your year end orders to avoid disappointments. This time of the year, our warehouse, transloading and stuffing facility, is very busy to comply with contracts and L/C requirements and deadlines as all those rush orders come through.

The ECC team takes the opportunity to wish all our customers and their families a very Merry Christmas !
May this Holiday Season bring you all Love, Radiant Health and Abundance.

 

- November 2015 -

3rd conveyor belt

Last month East Coast Commodities received its third conveyor belt for stuffing, cross-docking and transloading bagged products at its facility in Montreal.

3rd conveyor belt

This third conveyor is more powerful and much more technologically advanced than the existing ones. It gives ECC additional stuffing capacity to cater for new business at its Montreal stuffing facility.

This year we are much better prepared and equipped to handle the new season with its peculiarities and volume surges.

ECC has gone from a capacity of 4000 containers per year to a new level of 7000 containers per year.

Commodities handled are mostly pulses but also flour, seeds, rice, sugar, coffee and other bagged products.

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- October 2015 -

October is the month to say thanks for everything we have. East Coast Commodities would like to thank all our customers, suppliers and our superb ECC team for everything you do to contribute to our steady success.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

- September 2015 -

Summer is almost over and the new agricultural shipping season over Montreal has started.

ECC’s transloading facility is already feeling the surge in volumes and is ready to take on the new season.

ECC’s Warehousing volumes in Montreal are also starting to pick up a great deal.

Contact us now to reserve space for your warehousing, transloading or cross-docking needs during this fall and upcoming winter.

 

- August 2015 -

Last month was East Coast Commodities anniversary. 5 years in business in the Montreal area, warehousing, transloading, cross-docking in Montreal and still going strong.

A BIG THANK YOU to all our loyal customers. Without you this would not have been possible.

We have taken advantage of a relatively slow summer in Montreal to fix all our Yard equipment, containers, machines, warehouse space and the yard in Montreal.

We are ready for your Montreal bound traffic and volumes, no matter how big or small.

 

- July 2015 -

East Coast Commodities announces that a new conveyor belt has been ordered for delivery end of August for its stuffing and Transloading facility in Montreal. This new order will strengthen ECC's position and commitment to the Agri Transloading market in North America.

 

- June 2015 -

During the Quebec Holiday on the 24th of June and the Canadian National Holiday on the 1st of July, East Coast Commodities will not be able to deliver any containers from our stuffing, transloading or warehousing facility since the terminals at The Port of Montreal are closed.
We will however ensure all containers are delivered right before or right after these Holidays.

easter Pablo Metz, owner of East Coast Commodities will be attending the Canadian Specialty Crop Association convention in Calgary, Alberta. The convention runs from June 20st to June 24th.

East Coast Commodities started its transloading and stuffing operations in Montreal back in 2010 serving a wide range of shippers throughout Canada and USA.

If you wish to meet up with Pablo during the convention, please send your message here.

 

- May 2015 -

Quebec Spring Thaw ends May 29th for Montreal Zone 1.

ECC will start accepting heavier loads for transport in Montreal effective May 30th with our fleet of tri-axel chassis for Zone 1.

 
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- April 2015 -

Weather across Canada is getting warmer and terminal operations have improved considerably. As a result deliveries and logistical operations are back to normal.

The ECC team takes this opportunity to wish everyone who celebrates, a Happy Easter !!!

 

- March 2015 -

2015 Quebec Spring Thaw

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The Ministère des Transports du Québec reminds heavy vehicle users and shippers that, as each year, authorized load limits are reduced during the spring thaw period in order to take into account the weaker load bearing capacity of the road network during that period.

The starting and ending dates of the load restriction period may be adjusted depending on weather conditions.

Please visit the MOT website for further information.

The weight restriction period for Montreal Zone 1 area will run from March 30th to May 29th.
Zones 2 and 3 from April 6th to June 5th.

These are approximate dates and as noted above could change.

Weights must be reduced and cargo evenly distributed within the container to avoid possible charges and fines.

Below weight limitations are provided as a general guideline.

Transport Québec may adjust these dates depending on weather conditions.

Below are examples of payload weight limitations observed by major carriers for containers moving direct truck off the port of Montreal:

Note: These weights are provided as general guidelines only. Higher weights are possible, but subject to additional charges and equipment availability.

Detailed description and map of the zones are available on Transports Québec's website (French only):
http://www.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/usagers/vehiculelourd/degel/Pages/Zones-de-dégel.aspx.

Please note rail terminals in Quebec will refuse to accept and/or handle any containers that exceed the Spring Thaw Weight limitations.

For further information, please contact us.

 

- February 2015 -

2015 Quebec Spring Thaw

The Quebec Ministry of Transportation has announced the 2015 spring thaw period and zones. The forecasted start and end dates of the load restrictions are specified below. Please note that these dates can be changed by the Quebec Ministry of Transportation depending on actual weather conditions and it is advisable to visit the Ministry's website (only in French) for full and updated details.

* Please note Montreal is located in Zone 1

Zone 1* Zone 2 Zone 3
Monday, March 30 (12:01 a.m.) to Friday, May 29 (11:59 p.m.) Monday, April 06 (12:01 a.m.) to Friday, June 5 (11:59 p.m.) Monday, April 06 (12:01 a.m.) to Friday, June 5 (11:59 p.m.)

Cargo that is deemed overweight may require the trucker to use extra axles which will incur additional costs.

 

- January 2015 -

Holiday schedule coupled with heavy snow storms and low temperatures have caused chaos in Montreal. Operations at our yard as well as port terminals have suffered as a result and have been slower than usual.

2015 is here ! we would like to thank all our customers and our dedicated team for their amazing support in 2014.

We look forward to improve our customer service, time deliveries and fuel efficiency in 2015 so we can get more support and more referrals. The best way you can appreciate our service is by referring us to other companies in your industry.

 

- December 2014 -

season's greetings

In order to ensure that our yard is accessible during the harsh winter months, East Coast Commodities has purchased another loader for snow removal.

We take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their support in 2014 and our team for their great dedication to making ECC stronger Company every passing month.

We would also like to wish all our customers and the ECC Team “Season’s Greetings”.

 

- November 2014 -

As the overall volume coming to East Coast Commodities warehouse, stuffing and transloading facilities in Montreal is steadily increasing, ECC has purchased another shunt-truck to cope with the high demand of shunting moves required.

 

- October 2014 -

conveyor belt

Due to the increasing demand of our loyal customers, East Coast Commodities has just added to its existing Equipment another grain conveyor belt at its Transloading facility in Montreal.

This means that ECC’s capacity has now increased to 150 containers per week (poly, Jute, paper and Tote bags).

Depending on this season’s volume, ECC may order another belt for delivery still in 2014, otherwise in spring 2015.

 

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