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Integrating inland ports

UToday HomeApril 30, 2012

The Van Horne Institute has released a study by Jean-Paul Rodrigue entitled, "The Containerization of Commodities: Integrating Inland Ports With Gateways and Corridors in Western Canada" that examines the growing role of ports as strategic commercial assets.

“Their success requires a collaborative effort between railways, real estate developers, trucking companies, major importers and exporters and local and provincial governments,” says Rodrigue, Horne Institute Research Fellow and professor at Hofstra University. “Commercial developments in recent years have been supportive of the containerization of specific commodities such as wood products and grain, creating new opportunities for Western Canadian exporters on global markets."

Highlights of the study's findings include:

  • That the containerization of commodities should be clearly emphasized as a strategy to promote Western Canadian exports to existing and new markets.
  • Co-location is an effective value proposition for the development of inland ports to improve the cargo volume handled.
  • Inland ports should be actively involved in pairing with inland ports or port-centric logistics zones in other countries, particularly Asia.

The president of the Van Horne Institute, Peter Wallis, acknowledged the support of this report was made possible by the following funders: Canadian Pacific Railway, CentrePort Canada, CN, Global Transportation Hub Authority, Government of Alberta, Government of British Columbia, Port Alberta, and Rocky View County.