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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Charting the complexities of produce distribution with a major Western Canadian wholesaler and grocery chain

By R. Bruce Striegler

Buy-Low Foods is a privately held company purchased by the Vancouver-based Jim Pattison Group in 1995. Pattison owns a number of grocery chains and wholesalers in western Canada which include Overwaitea Foods, Buy-Low Foods, Nesters Food Market, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods, Meinhardt Fine Foods, Bulkley Valley Wholesale and the distributors Associated Grocers and Van-Whole Produce.

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Online food market may not provide the tasty results operators expect

By Ian Putzger

Amazon’s move to buy Whole Foods may have convinced investors that the online food market is the next Eldorado, but entrants face a number of issues that could spoil the feast for them. Projections for the online food business are decidedly frothy. According to one estimate, by the year 2025, 20 per cent of food will be ordered online and 70 per cent of consumers will order some food over the web.

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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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Business development and mentoring

By Guy M. Tombs

I recently stayed at the Rex Hotel in central Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, attending the excellent CLC Projects Logistics Conference. It was a time to take stock, not only of the vast changes in the world since April 30 1975, when the U.S. Government pulled out of Saigon in dramatic fashion, but also of changes in my own life since that period. I lunched one day at the nearby Hotel Continental, vividly described in Graham Greene’s great 1955 novel The Quiet American.

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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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Canadian marine shipping endorses international CO2 reduction targets

Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) is endorsing proposed international targets to reduce marine shipping’s carbon emissions per tonne-km by 50 per cent by 2050 in order to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“Canadian Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway shipowners are committed to environmental protection and fully endorse this proactive global approach to reducing the carbon footprint of marine shipping,” said Bruce Burrows, President of CMC. “Similar to the airline industry, marine shipping is an international business and it is important that we have one global solution to the challenge of climate change.”

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Airlines and shipping step up to maintain supply lines as Qatar battles blockade

By Alex Lennane

As Qatar battles major boycotts, Oman’s ports of Sohar and Salalah are set to handle its regional sea trade, while airlines, including Iran Air, are carrying large quantities of food imports. Since early June, when seven countries cut ties to Qatar, carriers have been working out new routings to avoid a direct link between the UAE’s ports and Qatar’s. With container hubs at Jebel Ali, Khar Fakkan, Fujairah and Abu Dhabi no longer able to ship directly to Qatar, Oman is set to become the key transit point.

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First freight train from UK sets off as China-Europe rail services soar

By Alex Lennane

The first train from the UK to China left London Gateway on April 10, heading for Yiwu, where it arrived on 27 April, with 30 containers carrying whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals. Rail services between Europe and China have seen a surge in volumes as services grow and shippers take advantage of the cost and speed benefits available.

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