VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Port of Vancouver moved more 72.8 million tonnes of cargo this year, down five per cent from last year’s record totals.
The effects of Sept. 11 didn’t seem to have a devastating effect on Canada’s largest port, as it continued to increase its market share, becoming the most used port in the Pacific Northwest.
"Everyone at Canada’s largest port has worked very hard to meet recent challenges and we are proud that our gateway is viewed by the world’s largest shipping lines as an efficient place to do business," says Vancouver Port Authority chairman, David Stowe. He went on to say "Our container numbers, in particular, reflect continued consumer demand in Canada and have helped to offset recent losses in other port business sectors."
Container traffic totaled 1.15 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU) while full import container traffic grew seven per cent.
Capt. Gordon Houston, president and chief executive officer, says "The Port of Vancouver continues to be buoyant in the face of current market uncertainties and in turn will continue to driver significant economic benefits for the city, region and country in the form of jobs, taxes and other revenue."
A healthy port means a healthy trucking industry in the region, as cargo is often loaded onto trucks for the continuation of its journey.
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