Montreal’s uncertain expansion plans opens horizons for Halifax and Saint John

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The ports of Halifax and Saint John are expanding their container handling capacity due to growing cargo volumes and commitments from ocean carriers. Halifax is enhancing its infrastructure to facilitate increased cargo movement, particularly to the US Midwest, offering a congestion-free alternative to larger West Coast ports. Meanwhile, Saint John is working on an expansion project that will enable it to handle 800,000 TEUs annually, with a focus on intermodal connections.

The Port of Montreal has also proposed a significant expansion plan for the Contrecoeur Terminal, but the project faces challenges, including financial constraints. Despite this, the expansion aims to provide access to markets in Quebec, Ontario, and the American Midwest. Overall, these expansion efforts highlight Canada’s commitment to improving its port infrastructure and capacity to meet growing trade demands. The Minister of Transport is expected to make a funding announcement regarding this project on Tuesday.

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