Port Metro Vancouver, Canada's largest and most diverse port has released its 2013 mid-year cargo volume results that show strong growth of six per cent over the same period last year, including new records in key sectors and an exceptional 2013 cruise season.
The 2013 mid-year cargo volume statistics report shows that Port Metro Vancouver handled 66.4 million tonnes of cargo through the end of June.
The 2013 mid-year throughput volumes reflect continuing demand for high quality Canadian commodities by Asian economies as well as strength in the Canadian economy.
Total foreign tonnage at Port Metro Vancouver posted a seven per cent increase with 52.7 million tonnes handled. Total domestic tonnage also increased by three per cent to 13.7 million tonnes handled.
"Port Metro Vancouver's strong 2013 mid-year growth is clear proof that our Asia-Pacific Gateway strategy is working," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. "While we work to deepen Canada's trade and investment ties in fast-growing Asian economies, Port Metro Vancouver's competitive advantages including new trucking supply chain efficiencies, together with the federal government's investment in capacity enabling road and rail infrastructure projects, are helping to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity from coast to coast to coast."
Port Metro Vancouver is North America's largest export port by tonnage and trades $172 billion in goods annually with more than 160 trading economies, generating across Canada an estimated 100,000 jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP.
The mid-year cargo statistics are at: http://portmetrovancouver.com/docs/default-source/about-facts-stats/pmv_2013q2_stats.pdf?sfvrsn=2