Buoyant economies have resulted in expanded services by Maersk Line, which will ship products from Shangai, China through the Suez Canal and on to Montreal and Halifax.
The Maersk Line-operated weekly service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain). Other Mediterranean markets will also be conveniently connected to the new service thanks to an integrated transhipment service in Algeciras and Valencia, with consistent products to/from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The exclusive Maersk-operated service, the Mediterranean-Montreal Express, will have its first sailing on July 2nd, departing from Salerno, Italy, and arriving in Montreal on July 19th.
"With one agreement in effect to fuel Canadian imports and exports in the Atlantic and another one in the works for the Pacific, this represents only favourable winds behind the expansion of our services in Canada and enables our customers to reach new markets in Europe and Asia,” says Jack Mahoney, president of Maersk Line Canada.
Last year, Canadian imports and exports grew 6.9 per cent, a barometer of economic health and prosperity for the country. For 2018, Maersk forecasts growth of seven per cent in maritime container volume with CETA and CPTPP accords expected to further support this development in both transatlantic and transpacific trades. In addition, Maersk expects to see another year of healthy growth for Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Far East imports which grew more than nine per cent in 2017 to Canada's East Coast.
Based on feedback from customers, and its geographic location, Montreal was a natural choice for Maersk Line as a strategic gateway for this service. The Port of Montreal is well positioned to serve consumers in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec where two-thirds of the Canadian population reside.
"The Port of Montreal serves these two regions via rail and trucking service for this large market, where 49 per cent of discharged cargo goes to Quebec and a further 29 per cent to Ontario,” says Sylvie Vachon, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority. “The port, therefore, plays a key role in boosting Canadian trade and is a perfect match for importers and exporters looking for better transportation solutions with Canada."
The new service will call at Montreal's Cast terminal, operated by MGT, which is conveniently located closest to the ocean and offers easy access to rail and trucking options.
In addition, the service will make an eastbound call in Halifax, Nova Scotia, catering to an important Canadian perishable market and facilitating refrigerated shipments of foodstuffs traditionally exported from Canadian Maritime provinces.
For more information visit: www.maerskline.com
Source: Canada Newswire May 23, 2018 news release