Monday, November 26, 2007

Canada beefing up ports

From the blog NAU info:

Canada is developing Pacific ports to compete with the U.S. ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as well as with the Mexican ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas, in an attempt to draw a substantial market share of the millions of containers expected to flow into North America in the coming decades from China and the Far East.

To attract Chinese container traffic, the Canadian government has launched a major ports-rail-truck-airport transportation infrastructure designed to build its version of the emerging NAFTA Superhighway.

--This Shows the importance of China rapidly growing economy. Canada has an advantage in that it is closer to Asia than the United States, but still lags behind in rail and road infrastructure. You know this if you've ever tried to drive from Vancouver to Calgary. Having an effective transportation infrastructure is important, but I don't think the economic benefit of having ship unload in Prince Repurt instead of Seattle will be that earth shattering. Personally, I like to see a big investment in high speed rail infrastructure to cut down of carbon emissions, but that would be wishful thinking. Get the full version here

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