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USA & Canada Weight Restrictions

USA

OCEMA recommended Maximum Gross Allowable Cargo Weights in International Intermodal Containers for transport on the USA highway system. 

Country​​ Container Size Container Type Chassis Allowable Cargo Weight  in U.S. Pounds Allowable Cargo Weight in Kilos
USA 20' Dry Slider Chassis 39,20 17,78
USA 20' Dry TRI AXLE Slider Chassis 44,00 19,96
USA 20' Reefer Slider Chassis 34,90 15,83
USA 20' Reefer TRI AXLE Slider Chassis 39,70 18,01
USA 40' Dry (H = 8ft 6in) on standard GN chassis 44,00 19,96
USA 40' High Cube Dry (H = 9ft 6in) on standard GN chassis 43,70 19,82
USA 40' Reefer (H = 8ft 6in) on standard GN chassis 39,80 18,05
USA 40' High Cube Reefer (H = 9ft 6in) on standard GN chassis 39,30 17,83

 

NOTE: Maximum Gross Allowable Cargo Weight includes product plus all packaging, pallets and any blocking, bracing, and dunnage materials.

The above Maximum Gross Allowable Cargo Weights are intended only as a general guideline to propmote safe and lawful transport practices regarding the maximum weight of cargo that can be loaded into international containers for transport over U.S. roads. The actual allowable cargo weight for any specific shipment may vary depending on the actual weight and configuration of the equipment being used for transport, and/or other limits imposed by federal, state or local authorities. Use of this table in no way constitutes a warranty as to the safe loading or carriage of a particular container or combination of equipment and nothing herein is intended to warrant that a particular movement meets legal requirements or is otherwise safe for road transport. Use of this guideline does not in any way eliminate the obligation of the shipper, consignee, motor carrier, or other user to ensure that a particular load meets local, state or federal road weight limits and is otherwise safe and roadworthy for transport within the U.S..

 

CANADA

 

Country​​ Container Size Container Type Chassis Allowable Cargo Weight  in U.S. Pounds Allowable Cargo Weight in Kilos
CA 20' Dry Slider Chassis 39,00 17.69
CA 20' Dry Special 47,00 21,32
CA 20' Reefer Slider Chassis 36,00 16,33
CA 20' Reefer Special 45,00 20,41
CA 40' Dry (H = 8ft 6in) on standard GN chassis 44,00 19,96
CA 40' High Cube Dry (H = 9ft 6in) on standard GN chassis 44,00 19,96
CA 40' Dry Special 52,00 23,59
CA 40' High Cube Dry  Special 52,00 23,59
CA 40' High Cube Reefer (H = 9ft 6in) on standard GN chassis 41,00 18,59
CA 40' High Cube Reefer Special 52,00 23,59

 

Slider Chassis     Standard load

Special Chassis  w/special chassis and permit, w/USD200 surcharge

Canada Spring Thaw: Spring Thaw occurs in Quebec (Mtl) between mid-March and May each year and weights are reduced at that time. There are absolutely no overweights permitted at this time of year into Quebec via truck. Therefore, any shipments due to arrive Port of Discharge after March 10th should follow these restricted guidelines.