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VPA execs visit Asia to promote port

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Port of Vancouver has sent a 25-person delegation to Asia to promote the port and capitalize...

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Port of Vancouver has sent a 25-person delegation to Asia to promote the port and capitalize on growing Asia-Pacific trade.

The delegation is being led by Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) president and CEO, Captain Gordon Houston.

“Back in 1994, we were the first North American port to establish a sales office in Beijing,” Houston said. “At that time, we saw the potential that China offered to our business and to Canada’s international trade. We’re proud of the pioneering work the Port of Vancouver has done to open up Asia for Canadian exporters and importers. In fact, I believe the greatest benefits of the work we began a decade ago are still ahead of us.”

The VPA says rapid expansion of the Chinese and other Asian economies is resulting in more shipments through the Port of Vancouver. The port is experiencing unprecedented growth in its Asia-Pacific container volumes and expects its container traffic to triple over the next 15 years.

“We’re working extremely hard with all of our port stakeholders – including rail, trucking, labour and terminals to ensure we develop the terminal capacity and the intermodal efficiencies necessary to capture greater share of the rapidly expanding North American container market,” said Capt. Norman Stark, president and CEO of TSI Terminals Systems. “Trade missions like this one are very important in that regard. Not only do they allow us to promote Vancouver as the port of choice on the west coast of North America, they allow us time to meet with our customers and business partners to discuss their current and future service requirements.”

The 14-day trade mission includes stops in: Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan; Seoul, Korea; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Hong Kong.

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