The Port of Montréal is the backbone of Greater Montréal’s logistics network. With a throughput of more than 30 million tons of cargo per year, it ranks as the most important container port in Eastern Canada and 9th largest in North America. And, thanks to its operations, which contribute $1 billion in added value to the Québec economy, it is also a key driver of growth in the region.
Much of the Port’s success lies in its management model recognized throughout the industry for the considerable savings it generates in terms of time and money by optimizing the flow of cargo from ship to gate.
Carriers save time and money even before reaching the Port. With inland ports such as the Port of Montréal, goods stay on the water longer while travelling to their final destination. This enables carriers to both save money, thanks to lower sea transport costs, and reduce their carbon footprint, as large ships are less polluting. By keeping their cargo on deck longer, carriers are able to meet industry business needs while responding to environmental pressures.
Once they are unloaded, the goods are just minutes away from a rail and highway network that leads to markets in Eastern Canada and Ontario, as well as the Northeast and Midwest U.S. No wonder that more than 2,500 trucks pass through the Port’s gates every day.
These comparative advantages have made the Port of Montréal a leader in the field and turned Greater Montréal into a transportation and logistics hub.
Francis Langlois, Analyst, Economic Research Division, Montréal International, March 13, 2013
Source: CargoM and Secor, 2008