New containerization facility opening up at Port of Montreal

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MONTREAL, Que. — A new containerization facility has been opened adjacent to the Port of Montreal, which will see agricultural products containerized for shipment locally and internationally.

Newly formed CanEst Transit has signed a long-term lease with the Montreal Port Authority to operate out of the former Grain Elevator No. 3 annex. There, it will receive by road and rail, bulk products from Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada and the US Midwest.

The company will store, clean, sift, package and containerize agricultural products as well as handle bulk or bagged grain and byproducts. Once containerized, the products will be delivered by truck to local markets, or directly to the port’s container terminals for onward transit by vessel, the company announced.

It expects to begin operations there by the second quarter of 2014.

“The CanEst project fits in perfectly within our ‘port-plus’ strategy to provide value-added services to port users and to attract new clients,” said Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority. “This project will increase our capacity for handling bulk products. Users will benefit from the port’s strategic location on the St. Lawrence River to serve international markets.”

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