Commercial Shipping

Wharfage Tariff

The St. Lawrence Seaway Schedule of Charges on Goods or Cargo Landed, Shipped, Transhipped or Stored, also known as the St. Lawrence Seaway Wharfage and Storage Charges, was modified featuring a wharfage rate increase of 1.0% for the 2018 navigation season and a reduction of the maximum charge on a measurement basis has been reduced in 2018. 

For more detailed information, please refer to the St. Lawrence Seaway Wharfage and Storage Charges or send your request to .


2018 Wharfage Tariff
(in Canadian dollars per metric tonne)

 Top Wharfage

1. Goods loaded, unloaded or transhipped at a canal 
a) Bulk cargo;
for domestic general cargo, the general cargo weight or measure rule applies but with the bulk rate.
$0.4099 per tonne;
b) General cargo;when calculated on a measurement basis, fees shall never exceed two and a half (2.5) time what they would have been on a weight basis. $0.9367 per tonne or cubic meter (m3), whichever is greater
c) Containerized cargo $0.4099 per tonne

 Storage Charge

2. Goods stored at a Canal on land other than land leased by the Manager to any person 
a) First 24 hours No charge
b) Each period of 7 days or part thereof after first 24 hours $0.5505 per square metre of area occupied for storage (minimum tolls $53.57 per period)

 Side Wharfage

3. A ship berthed in a canal, involved in commercial activities (cargo loading / unloading or lying in wait) 
a) First 6 hours or part thereof $0.0264 per gross registered ton (minimum tolls $53.57)
b) Each subsequent period of 6 hours or part thereof $0.0264 per gross registered ton (minimum tolls $16.08 per period)

 Lying-Up Charge

4. A ship lying-up at a canal or area that has been set aside by the Manager for that purpose 
a) First 24 hours No charge
b) Each period of 10 days or part thereof during the navigation season after the first 24 hours $0.1226 per gross registered ton (minimum tolls $53.57 per period)

 Winter Berthing

5. A ship lying-up at a canal or area for the whole part of the season during which navigation is closed $0.3535 per linear metre per day


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