CargoM steadily meeting its objectives

CargoM steadily meeting its objectives

By Brian Dunn

One of the principal objectives of CargoM, the Logistics and Transportation Cluster of Metropolitan Montreal, is to attract new businesses to the region by identifying sectors that offer growth opportunities, particularly those which may not have a strong presence in the area. About three or four years ago, it pinpointed the agri-food sector as a potential business to pursue.

“The city (of Montreal) helped in identifying this sector which we felt could be a great opportunity for us,” said Mathieu Charbonneau, Executive Director of CargoM which recently celebrating its 5th anniversary. “Not just to serve the Montreal region, but also Ontario and the northeastern U.S. But before we can go after new business, we need to build the infrastructure and to understand cold chain technology and to see what’s currently available in Montreal. We also need to see who wants the service.” (more…)

Report on proceedings of Shipping Federation of Canada conference

By Brian Dunn

A resurgence in global trade will benefit Canada’s shipping industry, with export growth expected to continue, according to a leading Canadian economist. And he expects trade tensions between the United States and China will be resolved. “Canadian exporters are worried that NAFTA may be cancelled, but I believe cooler heads will prevail,” Stephen Tapp, Deputy Chief Economist, Export Development Canada, said at the annual conference of the Shipping Federation of Canada in Montreal on May 23. Labour markets in Canada and the U.S. are improving, economic slack is being absorbed, while historically low interest rates and inflation are rising, both positive signs for the economy, he added. (more…)

MSC expects continuing strong demand for frozen and refrigerated Canadian farm products

MSC expects continuing strong demand for frozen and refrigerated Canadian farm products

Vice By Brian Dunn

For the past two decades, MSC has offered reefer services to and from Canada. These services are growing, as they are elsewhere around the globe. On the export side, Canada’s overall containerized export reefer traffic was up eight per cent last year, while dry cargo business was up six per cent, according to Darren Edwardson, Vice-President Commercial Export. Average annual growth in Canada’s containerized reefer traffic has been around five per cent over the past couple of years. (more…)

McKeil steadily increasing its market share of niche transportation activities in eastern Canada

McKeil steadily increasing its market share of niche transportation activities in eastern Canada

By Brian Dunn

McKeil Marine of Burlington, ON, has been chosen as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2018 by Deloitte Canada’s leading business awards program, which recognizes excellence in privately-owned Canadian companies.

For over 60 years (celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016), McKeil has been providing marine transportation and project services for bulk and project shipments throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, East Coast and Arctic. It recently moved its head office to Burlington from Hamilton and has sales offices in Montreal, Rothesay, NB, and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. (more…)

Report on 12th Arctic Shipping Summit, Montreal, February 21-22

By Brian Dunn

The University of Manitoba is building the largest sea-ice research institute in the world in Churchill to detect the effects of oil spills in Arctic waters. The facility, called the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO) & Network on Oil Spills in Ice-Covered Arctic Waters, is being headed by Feiyue Wang, Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environment Chemistry, University of Manitoba.

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So how does one tap into new export markets?

By Brian Dunn

With an opportunity to tap the European market under the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), coupled with the uncertain future of NAFTA, more and more Canadian companies are looking for export markets outside North America. But how does one get into those markets?

“It takes good partners and a unique product, but the key is your employees and suppliers,” according to Martin Plante, General Director, Citadelle, Quebec’s largest cooperative of sugar maple growers and maple syrup producers. Mr. Plante made the remarks during a Food, Beverage and Logistics Conference at the Port of Montreal Building on Nov. 29. The conference was organized by MNP, a national accounting, tax and business consulting firm, in conjunction with Port of Montreal, Montreal Gateway Terminals, La Coop Fédérée, the largest agri-food cooperative in Quebec and Agri-Food Export Group.

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