Facilitating Canada’s trade: Meeting demand and fostering growth in the gateway

The Port of Vancouver’s significant value to the national economy necessitates a steady flow of investment to ensure the fluidity and reliability of the Vancouver-area gateway. The port handles more than one of every four dollars in Canadian trade beyond North America, and port activity generates almost four million dollars in taxes per day across the country for all levels of government.

The collaborative model guiding the port authority’s approach to securing funding for key infrastructure improvements has proven to support trade activities through the port. Between 2009 and 2025, more than $17 billion will be invested in transportation infrastructure in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, more than double that of the recent Panama Canal upgrades. Working closely with industry and government, approximately $7.5 billion has already been invested to-date in port infrastructure to support port activities, a strong signal indicating confidence in the continued growth in Canadian trade.

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Looking for solutions to Vancouver’s congestion and lack of industrial land Port Alberni puts forth a novel idea

R. Bruce Striegler

“We have a community that is very much in support of our project,” says Zoran Knezevic, President and CEO of Port Alberni Port Authority. Mr. Knezevic goes on to point out that the Vancouver Island town of 18,000 is a blue-collar community. “It is an industry-based area that was brought to life and built by the forestry industry, so the tradition of industry and work of such kind is ever-present.” He notes this is sharp contrast to Vancouver, where he points out, tourism is king. Port Alberni is a deep port city on B.C.’s Vancouver Island, which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island’s longest fjord, stretching from the Pacific Ocean at Barkley Sound about 40 kilometres (25 miles) to Port Alberni.

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Port of Vancouver: Creating economic prosperity through trade

In 2016, the Port of Vancouver introduced its aspirational and bold new vision: to be the world’s most sustainable port. The new vision is the result of a collaborative effort dating back to 2010, when the port initiated the Port 2050 planning process, involving 100 individuals and organizations that have a stake in the future of the port. Port 2050 participants identified four possible scenarios for the future of the Vancouver-area gateway, including one scenario participants believed worth aspiring to: The Great Transition.

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One year on, the expanded Panama Canal still ‘surpassing expectations’

By Mike Wackett

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of the expanded waterway, described as a game-changing event in the history of maritime transport. ACP said the expanded canal’s inauguration on 26 June 2016 had resulted in “redrawn global trade routes”. The first post-panamax vessel to transit the canal was the specially renamed 9,443 TEU Cosco Shipping Panama. Prior to the $5.2 billion upgrade and widening of its locks, the 77km canal linking the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic was restricted to vessels of about 5,100 TEU capacity.

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Halifax is Nova Scotia’s cool cargo hub

By Tom Peters

Maintaining the quality of imported wine and beer is an absolute necessity for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), and is one of the reasons NSLC relies on the cool supply chain through Port of Halifax. “Of the 890 containers last year with shipments of wine, beer and spirits, 197 or 22 per cent, were insulated and 196 were reefer containers,” said Beverley Ware, NSLC’s Communications Advisor. She said the insulated and reefer containers carry beer and wine from such countries as Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.

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Seaway cargo up 18 per cent year-to-date

Total cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway are up 18 per cent this year as the marine highway supports business growth from key sectors of the North American economy. According to The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, total cargo tonnage from March 20 to July 31 reached 16 million metric tons – 2.5 million metric tons more compared to the same period in 2016.

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Cross-Border Institute: Committed to building better borders

The Cross-Border Institute (CBI) at the University of Windsor is dedicated to research, education and public outreach related to the movement of people, goods and services across the Canada-U.S. border. It takes a multi-disciplinary perspective, incorporating engineering, economics, the social sciences, management and law. Drawing on the expertise of the University’s faculty, its goal is to find practical solutions to real world problems.

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From an idea in 2000 to six refrigerated warehouses, 45 trucks and a wholesale grocery business on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

By R. Bruce Striegler

With a population just short of 800,000, Vancouver Island is the largest island on the West Coast of North America, and is comparable to the combined size of the Netherlands and Taiwan. It is separated from the BC mainland by the Strait of Georgia to the east and, to the south and southeast, from Washington State by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Nestled off the coast of Vancouver Island, and between it and the mainland of British Columbia, lies an archipelago of more than 200 islands, many populated with year-round residents, and always a get-away location for local and international visitors. Goods are transported between the mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands by ferry, adding cost and logistics issues to supply chains.

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Customs implementation delay could help freight forwarders achieve needed changes

By Alex Binkley

A delay by Canada Border Services Agency in the implementation of an electronic tracking system for freight forwarders handling imports and exports gives Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association more time to help the Agency get the process right.

After several years of working on the implementation of its e-Manifest system, which is aimed at expediting the movement of freight through customs facilities at land borders as well as ports and airports, CBSA announced May 23 a year-long pause in implementation as it tried to fix its operational problems.

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Report on the Shipping Federation of Canada’s Annual Conference

By Brian Dunn

The geo-economic landscape is changing with new trade routes and the threat of renegotiations of trade agreements. Companies will be forced to rethink their business and logistics models, according to a trade industry expert.

For example, dry bulk/agri exports by rail to Mexico could be replaced by trade with other South American countries which could benefit the shipping industry, suggested Henriette Van Niekerk, Director & Global Head of Dry Bulk Analysis at London-based shipbroker Clarksons Platou. And with the U.S. slapping a 400 per cent tariff on Chinese steel imports and 200 per cent on Japanese steel, that steel could be replaced by steel imports from Russia or Brazil, Ms. Van Niekerk said at the Shipping Federation of Canada’s 15th Annual Conference in Montreal.

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