Driving gateway efficiency
Smooth truck gate service any time of the day.
The Normalized Truck Reservation Fee Pilot Program is intended to increase productivity within a driver’s operating hours, to provide operational autonomy to trucking companies, to improve capacity utilization, and to mitigate barriers identified by some stakeholders for increased double-ended container moves. During this pilot period, the weekly day and night appointment availability will remain the same and all truck appointments at GCT Canada will have a normalized fee of $35, regardless of shift.
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02 Program Timeline
How did we get here? the pilot program timeline.
2014 - 2017
Multi-stakeholder government led engagements and consultations with the drayage sector and supply chain partners.
Transport Canada holds an Intermodal Forum.
November 2017 - May 2018
Through collaboration, outcomes of the forum are acted on by supply chain partners.
May 1, 2018
GCT Canada announces pilot program launch for June 1, 2018.
June 1, 2018
Pilot program launch.
June 5, 2018
OBCCTC Special Industry Advisory Committee Meeting briefing on the pilot program.
June 18, 2018
Briefing and feedback session with BC Chamber of Shipping and Shipping Federation of Canada.
July - December 2018
Monthly Reports. Pilot ends on December 31, 2018.
Final report, debrief sessions and next steps.
Frequently asked questions We have answers.
The pilot program sets a single fee of $35 per reservation for all reservations rather than the current $50 for day reservations only.
The decreased rate of $35 from $50 is modeled upon 2014 operating conditions.
Yes, the fee is applicable for all truck reservations: day, afternoon, and graveyard shifts.
Daily appointment availability remains the same with a 60:40 day to night split.
Following consultation with our supply chain partners, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Transport Canada, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and OBCCTC, the intended outcomes of the program are to smooth transactions for truck drivers, with a goal to increase productivity within a driver’s operating hours. The pilot program also seeks to provide operational autonomy to trucking companies and drivers, to improve capacity utilization, and to mitigate barriers identified by some stakeholders for increased double-ended container moves.
No, the FAS program is independent of the fee. Refer to FAS program here.
The cancellation cut off time remains unchanged.
Day Shift (08:00-15:59)
Cancel without Penalty: 12:00 calendar day prior
Appointment Cut-off: 14:00 calendar day prior
Evening Shift (17:00-23:59)
Cancel without Penalty: 09:00 same day
Appointment Cut-off: 11:00 same day
Graveyard Shift (01:00-06:59)
Cancel without Penalty: 11:00 calendar day prior
Appointment Cut-off: 11:00 calendar day prior
Program updates GCT Canada will publish monthly data reports here on the following metrics:
Percentage of double-ended moves in the gateway
Overall monthly percentage of double-ended moves across all container terminals in Port of Vancouver. (source: VFPA)
Terminal wait times
Average container terminal wait times across all Port of Vancouver terminals. (source: VFPA)
Total KM/Total Cont. moves
Total KM Travelled per container type move (import/export/empty) to measure if the pilot program is causing “unnecessary” movement. (source: Transport Canada)
The weekly percentage of day vs. night gate reservation provided by type – import/export/empty. (source: GCT Canada)
Percentage of reservations that remain unused by day and shift. (source: GCT Canada)
Your feedback It is a pilot program, we value your input.
As this is a collaborative pilot project, receiving feedback is important. Please provide feedback on the pilot program below. Your answers may be shared with government, regulators, and other supply chain stakeholders. Your answers and contact information will remain confidential, unless you select that you would like your responses attributed to you.