Port of Halifax promoted the Port’s ability to handle grain and pulse products at Saskatchewan Pulse Days and the Western Canadian Crop Production Show, held in Saskatoon on January 8.

Pulses, which include special crops such as peas, beans, lentils and various seed products, have become a multibillion dollar export from Canada. “Port of Halifax has the right combination of infrastructure and connections to important emerging markets to handle these products,” said Patrick Bohan, Manager of Business Development, Halifax Port Authority. “Participating in these two shows provided us with the opportunity to connect with shippers directly and to promote Halifax’s ability to connect shippers to the top markets for these products.”

Production of pulse products has increased in Canada and has grown approximately fivefold in the past 20 years. In 2011, Canada exported an estimated 4.3 million tonnes of pulse products worth approximately $5 billion dollars. Products are exported to countries in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and South America. “The combination of our bulk storage and transload positions Halifax as a key export gateway for the growing agrifood business,” added Bohan.