OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance highlighted the key role the trucking industry plays to support the country’s agri-food industry during an appeared before the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food earlier this week.
“This isn’t a committee we usually appear at, but appreciate the opportunity to highlight the relationship between a strong competitive agricultural sector in Canada and efficient, cost-effective transportation,” said CTA vice-president Ron Lennox.
Lennox pointed out that the trucking sector is characterized by fierce competition, particularly during recessionary times. Despite this, Lennox noted that there are still several barriers to the efficient and cost effective movement of goods, including border crossing fees, costs related to security programs, and increasingly complex shipper requirements that can erode competitiveness of any sector, including agriculture.
“At the same time, it isn’t all negative,” added Lennox, “There are some positives on the horizon, including electronic manifests to streamline border crossings, and improved technologies that increase fuel efficiency. If governments, the trucking industry and the shipper community continue to work together, we can help regain Canada’s competitive edge.”
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