MONTREAL, Que.-- Cargo Montréal (CargoM), the logistics and transportation metropolitan cluster of Montreal, says it welcomes the announcement of an agreement in principle between Canada and European Union (EU), from which the ensuing increase in trade flow will benefit Greater Montreal, Quebec and Canada.
Greater Montreal is the European Union's gateway of choice because of its strategic geographic location, the strength of existing trade and links, and how effectively this hub provides access to a pool of 40 million consumers in less than one day by truck. The hub's effectiveness is due to: the presence of four modes of cargo transport (air, marine, rail and road) and the intermodal options they offer; an innovative logistics community firmly in place; and the expertise of professionals in logistics and freight transportation, says Cargo Montreal.
The Honourable Edward Fast, Federal Minister of International Trade, stated on October 24 at a conference at the Montreal Port Authority that this historic agreement will mean growth for the country by providing access to 500 million consumers.
Nicolas Marceau, Quebec Minister of Finance and the Economy, also gave his support to the prospective free trade agreement, stating: "This is a major agreement for Quebec that will create thousands of jobs and lead to an increase in our exports to the 28 countries of the European Union." These movements of goods will of necessity use the hub of Greater Montreal, thereby benefiting the logistics and transportation industry.
Cargo Montreak expects to launch several more working groups in 2014, which include a Best practices and technology group, the objective of which will be to adopt and integrate best practices that promote the competitiveness of the logistics and transportation industry while meeting sustainable development goals.
A regulations working group will identify which regulatory elements should be harmonized or simplified to facilitate operations in our sector, as well as to open up avenues of reflection on international regulations and their impact on the operation of our activities.
A workforce group will identify needs and implement programs, initiatives and solutions to develop, attract and retain new professionals.
On January 21, 2014, CargoM is also organizing a symposium on the logistics hub as a structuring tool. More details will be available shortly on the CargoM website at www.cargo-montreal.ca.
Chaired by Sylvie Vachon, President and General Manager of the Montreal Port Authority, CargoM has a mission to gather all the stakeholders in Greater Montreal's logistics and transportation of goods industry, whose activities promote the sustainable economic development of the hub of Montreal, around common goals and concerted actions to increase its influence and competitiveness.