By R. Bruce Striegler
Little did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau realize in November 2016 as he stood before a crowd of reporters in Vancouver announcing his government’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, that he would ultimately have to declare in May 2018 the government would be spending a further $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline and all of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets.
By Keith Norbury
What does the future of freight forwarding look like in Canada? Let’s ask recent winners of the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association’s annual Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year competition. The 2017 winner, Bradley Davis — who went on to win the global YIFFY award — said he wishes he had a crystal ball. Even without one, he said, “I definitely see a lot of the trucking industry starting to move towards autonomous vehicles.” He also envisions information technology platforms enabling forwarders “to go after a lot of the customers that are your onesie-twosies that can be worked automatically through a system.” And he expects to see more consolidation in the industry as large companies acquire small and medium-sized forwarders. (more…)
By Keith Norbury
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association will celebrate its 70th anniversary in style with a full-fledged conference in Toronto this October. The theme of the gathering, which takes place Oct. 16 and 17 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is Global Supply Chains in a Digital Future: innovation and inspiration. “It’s very much dealing about e-commerce, last-mile deliveries, drones, automated vehicles, transparency, freight forwarders’ systems, and how do you provide visibility to your customers,” said Ruth Snowden, CIFFA’s Executive Director.
In the space of a few short years, the Port of Hamilton has emerged as southern Ontario’s primary export gateway for Ontario-grown grain, and the nucleus of an expanding food cluster within the region.
In 2017, the Port of Hamilton handled its highest-ever total of agricultural products. Close to 2.3 million metric tonnes (MT) of commodities such as Ontario-grown corn, wheat and soybeans, as well as canola, sugar, potash and other fertilizers were handled through the port. Agricultural cargoes now make up 23 per cent of the port’s total, up from 12.5 per cent in 2010. (more…)
By Keith Norbury
Judging from recent expansions at Canada’s major ports that include additional infrastructure for handling refrigerated containers, the country’s cool cargo business appears to be growing. Figures to quantify that growth are difficult to come by, however. The most recent Statistics Canada report on the seaborne reefer trade is seven years old. (more…)
Several Canadian companies will exhibit at the Global Cold Chain Expo in Chicago in late June. Among the Canuck exhibitors is Vancouver-headquartered VersaCold, which operates Canada’s largest temperature-sensitive logistics network. VersaCold President Doug Harrison said the expo presents a “great opportunity” for his company’s operations and business development personnel to meet with customers and participate in educational sessions. “It is a big event,” said Mr. Harrison, who has attended the expo in the past and whose company is a member of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, which organizes the expo. “There are a lot of people. There are a lot of conversations taking place. There are great educational programs. There are great networking opportunities.” (more…)