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ITF launches web overview of Covid-19-related measures for passenger and road transport in Europe

A new webpage presenting an overview of Covid-19-related measures for passenger and road transport in Europe has been launched by the International Transport Forum. The page can be found at: The webpage lists the restrictions imposed on road freight and passenger transport in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic as well as temporary exceptions and derogations to existing rules. The aim is to provide member country authorities and transport companies with up-to-date information to facilitate essential transport services during this period.   March 26, 2020   (

Air Canada Begins Operating Cargo-only Flights Carrying Vital Supplies, Necessary Goods

Air Canada said on March 25, 2020 that through its Air Canada Cargo division it has begun using its aircraft to operate cargo-only flights to Europe, with other flights planned for Latin America and South America. The aircraft on these flights carry no passengers but move time-sensitive shipments, including medical supplies to combat COVID-19, and goods to support the global economy. “Air Canada Cargo has long served as a vital link in global supply chains and with the disruption arising from the COVID-19 pandemic our capabilities are more important than ever. Although we have announced very significant temporary capacity reductions and our passenger flights are largely dedicated to bringing Canadians home, Air Canada’s aircraft and our expertise in handling cargo are valuable assets that we can use to move medical supplies and other essential goods to keep the world economy going. We have already begun flights to Europe, and we are planning to expand this program to Latin America and South America, as well as within Canada, including remote communities using Air Canada Express aircraft. In addition to providing a much-needed service, these cargo-only flights are also supporting jobs at Air Canada,” said Tim Strauss, Vice President of Cargo, at Air Canada.

Air Canada Begins Operating Cargo-only Flights Carrying Vital Supplies, Necessary Goods, March 25, 2020,

Important Notice from Canadian Trucking Alliance on Essential Travel as Defined by the US Homeland Security

Effective midnight March 20, 2020 only essential traffic will be allowed to cross the Canada-US border. The US has defined essential travel as “For the purposes of temporary alternation in certain designated ports of entry operations authorized under 19 U.S.C 13 18 (b) (1) (c) and (b)(2) travel through the land ports of entry and ferry terminals along with the United States-Canada border shall be limited to “essential travel,” which includes, but is not limited to:

Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g. truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada)

Essential services includes truck drivers involved in cross border lawful cargo movement. Further, there are no commodity restrictions — all commodities on north-south bound trucks are deemed essential (it excludes anything that is normally considered unlawful cargo).

Important Notice from Canadian Trucking Alliance on Essential Travel as Defined by the US Homeland Security, March 20, 2020,

Keep on trucking: Trucks must keep moving across Canada-U.S. border amid coronavirus

Canada and the United States have agreed to restrict non-essential trips across their common border, while leaving it open for the movement to freight in trucks. While the justification of banning crossings by “non-essential” people is open to question, the economic arguments for preserving the movement of trucks are clear.

On an average day, about 30,000 trucks roll across the Canada-U.S. border, carrying more than $1 billion in trade. If truck movements were banned, critical supplies of food and medicine would be interrupted and production at some of the largest manufacturing plants in both countries would cease, idling thousands of workers.

The economic damage from interrupting the flow of trucks would be both direct and indirect.

The direct damage would come when needed goods are cut off. For example, pharmaceuticals are a major export from Ontario to the U.S. and thousands of truckloads of agri-food products, from live animals to processed food, are shipped in both directions. The indirect damage would come when supply chains that straddle the border break down, making it impossible for factories and other economic activities to keep operating.

The automotive sector is a good example. Tariff-free trade in cars and parts dates to a Canada-U.S. agreement in the 1960s, long before NAFTA. This industry has more than 50 years of evolution based on cross-border supply chains.

A complicated supply chain

Production of cars and SUVs depends on parts from hundreds of different factories being passed up through several “tiers” of suppliers and gradually combined into larger components before they ultimately arrive at the final assembly plant. Nearly all these factory-to-factory movements are made in trucks, many of which cross the Canada-U.S. border.

As the border constrictions in the wake of the 9/11 attacks demonstrated, when the trucks stop crossing the border, the automotive production system shuts down. A border shutdown during the COVID-19 crisis would be more complete and much longer than the slowdown that followed 9/11.

The movement of trucks and the movement of people are not independent issues. Beyond just the truck drivers, there are many people involved in maintenance, repair, training, marketing and other occupations who regularly move across the border in support of binational production systems. The inclusion of these people in the “essential” category will help ensure the smooth functioning of cross-border supply chains.

Since cars and SUVs are not staple commodities, why should we worry if their production pauses during the crisis? For one thing, a similar story of dependence on cross-border supply chains could be told for food processing, medical devices and other things we cannot do without. Plans for the automotive and other industries to re-purpose parts of their production assets to make desperately needed medical devices will also depend on cross-border supply chains.

Deeper crisis than 2008

More generally, it is important that economic activities which can be done safely carry on during the crisis. We are about to experience the deepest global economic contraction of our times — potentially much deeper than the crisis of 2008. How long it will last is still unclear, but it will be months or perhaps years rather than weeks.

At this early stage, public attention is rightly focused on protecting people from infection. This means all work environments and processes must be assessed to ensure that employees are not at risk. For example, the major automotive companies are currently shutting down plants for sanitation and to institute new safety measures.

As the regional effects of the pandemic subside, more attention will be given to speeding up the economic recovery. If the economic contraction during the crisis is any greater than what is required to protect the public, there will be more missed paycheques, more debt and more companies lost to bankruptcy. Keeping the trucks moving across the border now could pay off in a faster return to economic vitality in the aftermath of the crisis.

The COVID-19 crisis is a critical test of the resilience of cross-border supply chains. The outcome of this test will have big implications for the future of the Canadian economy, especially the manufacturing sector.

From our consultation at the Cross Border Institute with private-sector players who use the border intensively, we know that the threat of major delays and interruptions is one of the downsides of linking production facilities on opposite sides of the border. If the risk of interruptions becomes too great, a reasonable strategy is to consolidate the supply chain in one country.

The future of cross-border supply chains?

For some industries, such as food production, there is an argument  for a shift to separate domestic supply chains.

But for industries where scale is important — automotive, aerospace, defence and industrial machinery — such consolidation systematically works against Canada. In those industries, supply chains will not be duplicated in each country, but rather concentrated in the country with the largest market — which is generally the United States. Demonstrating that cross-border logistics can function in a crisis would be beneficial for business investment in Canada.

The COVID-19 crisis is a time for bold action. But it’s also a time to resist taking actions that cause economic harm without protecting public health. The co-ordinated decision by the governments of Canada and the United States to keep the border open to trucking makes sense.

March 22, 2020 – Dr. Bill Anderson and Marta Leardi- Anderson, University of Windsor, Cross Border Institute,

How Coronavirus Could Affect Supply Chain and Freight Shipping

Here are five likely possibilities: 1. It could hinder global movement; 2. It may hurt employment; 3. It could impact future production; 4. It may curb spending; and 5. It exposes supply chain vulnerabilities.

How coronavirus could affect supply chain and freight shipping, March 16, 2020,

Barry Prentice: The High Costs of Railroad Blockades to Canada’s Economy and Reputation

Railways move about half the freight in this country and the blockades couldn’t come at a worse time. So far CN Rail has cancelled 400 to 500 trains but operations were already slowing. There is also a temporary speed limit on all trains carrying dangerous goods, cutting normal speeds in half. Transportation is a service. It cannot be stockpiled. A return to full operating capacity will take longer than most people realize — months probably rather than weeks. Lost opportunities have real costs both to railways and to the Canadian economy. The economic pain is magnified by the intangible costs to Canada’s reputation as a reliable supplier to world markets. If the flow of products can be interrupted, especially without a healthy lead time, then foreign buyers will protect their interests by buying elsewhere. These are the harsh realities. Let’s wish the government well in pursuing a speedy, peaceful and lasting end to the rail blockades.

Barry Prentice: The high costs of railroad blockades to Canada’s economy and reputation, February 21, 2020,

2019 Worst Year for Air Freight Demand Since 2009

The international Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2019 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), fell by 3.3% compared to 2018 while capacity (AFTK) rose by 2.1%. This was the first year of declining freight volumes since 2012, and the weakest performance since the global financial crisis in 2009 (when air freight markets contracted by 9.7%). In the month of December 2019, cargo volumes contracted 2.7% year-on-year while capacity rose 2.8%. Air cargo’s performance in 2019 was dampened by weak growth in global trade of just 0.9%. The sector’s underperformance was also due in particular to slowing GDP growth in manufacturing-intensive economies. Softer business and consumer confidence, along with falling export orders, also contributed to air freight struggles. 

(February 5, 2020,

Port of Montreal Continues Record Cargo Pace and Expansion Projects

As 2020 begins, there are no signs that Montreal, Canada’s second biggest port after Vancouver, strategically located deep inland in relation to the industrial heartland of North America, is slowing down in terms of both capacity and cargo expansion. Last year marked the first time the Port of Montreal surpassed 40 million metric tons in total cargo handled – with the tally attaining 40.5 million tons versus 39 million tons in 2018. And another record was set in container volume, which rose by 4.4% to 1.75 million TEUs. “In 2020, we are projecting that container traffic could increase another 3%,” said Tony Boemi, VP growth and development at the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). In an interview, he attributed the overall cargo growth in 2019 in part to the resumption of activity at the Viterra grain terminal hit by a nine-month lockout in 2018. Highlights on the cargo front in 2019, noted Boemi, included a resurgence of U.S. Midwest cargo which had been on a steady decline. “The increase in Midwest business is spread amongst most of the major carriers calling Montreal.” “Emerging markets continue to have a positive impact on the Port of Montreal,” he continued. “This is the result of transshipment ports being used as hubs to trans-load cargo from the mega containerships to the right size vessels needed for market access.”

Port of Montreal continues record cargo pace and expansion projects, January 22, 2020,

Ontario Releases First Regional Transportation Plan – Province Connecting People and Places in Southwestern Ontario

Ontario’s government is delivering on its commitment to develop regional transportation plans that will connect people and places across the province. On January 17, 2020, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, announced that the government is releasing its first draft plan to build a better transportation system that will connect individuals, families and businesses in southwestern Ontario.

Ontario Releases First Regional Transportation Plan – Province Connecting People and Places in Southwestern Ontario, January 17, 2020,

CILTNA Treasurer, John Corey, joins FMA as Vice-President

Effective January 9, 2020, John Corey is appointed as Vice-President at the Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA).

John has been working at the Canadian Transportation Agency since 1991 and has experience in both the Air and Rail branches of the Agency.  He was appointed as Manager Rail Investigations in 2004 and then Team Leader – Mediation Services in 2013.  Both services are part of the Dispute Resolution Branch.

In these last two appointments, John played a major role in settling disputes between the federally regulated freight railways and their customers.

“John brings his extensive experience and background with the regulatory agency to FMA and this will strengthen our government relations activities on behalf of the broader Canadian shipper community” said Gary Fast, Chairman of FMA and Vice-President, Transportation at Canadian Tire.

John will join the FMA management team and will have an initial focus on the railway service issues confronting the shipper community.

“I have had contact with John on many issues over the past two decades and have always been impressed with his knowledge and his judgement in addressing disputes. I am looking forward to working with John as he brings that skill and experience to FMA”, said Bob Ballantyne, FMA President.

John has a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. He has been a member in good standing of the Chartered Public Accountants of Ontario since 1990.

The FMA has been representing the freight transportation interests of Canadian industry since 1916. Our 70+ members include companies, both large and small, from most industrial sectors and from all across the country. The FMA member companies contribute approximately $90 billion annually to the Canadian economy and purchase approximately $3 billion in freight services by truck, rail, marine, courier and airfreight.

Bob Ballantyne P. Eng., President
Freight Management Association of Canada
Ottawa, ON

We at CILTNA would like to congratulate John in his new role at FMA.

USMCA: The 3 Most Important Changes in the New NAFTA and Why They Matter

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders agreed on a deal to pass a new trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada that will update NAFTA. So how is the USMCA different from the North American Free Trade Agreement, and why should you care? The deal as detailed in May 2019 contains numerous tweaks from its predecessor, both big and small. Three changes are especially noteworthy. 1) Curbing protectionist policies, such as subsidizing dairy farmers and setting import quotas on milk. Canadian tariffs on some products can be as high as 300%. Under the new accord, Canada will curb some of the ways it protects its dairy industry, such as allowing more American milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products to enter Canada duty-free, with reciprocal treatment for Canadian dairy exports to the U.S. 2) Starting as early as 2020, to qualify for zero tariffs when crossing borders, a car or truck must have 75% of its components manufactured in Canada, the U.S. or Mexico, up from 62.5% currently. Further, 40% to 45% of a vehicle’s components must be made by workers earning at least US$16 per hour. 3) Including stronger protections for patents and trademarks in areas such as biotech, financial services and domain names – all of which have advanced considerably over the past quarter-century. It also contains new provisions governing the expansion of digital trade and investment in innovative products and services.

USMCA: The 3 most important changes in the new NAFTA and why they matter, January 3, 2020,

Air Canada's Calin Rovinescu to be Inducted Into 2020 Canadian Business Hall of Fame

Canada and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame announced on Dec. 17, 2019 that Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu will be inducted as a Companion into the 2020 Canadian Business Hall of Fame. “Calin’s exceptional business and leadership achievements have been widely recognized by several influential organizations both in Canada and globally.”

Air Canada’s Calin Rovinescu to be Inducted Into 2020 Canadian Business Hall of Fame, December 18, 2019,

Toronto Pearson Welcomes Deborah Flint as New President and CEO

Los Angeles World Airports CEO will take on role with Greater Toronto Airports Authority in April 2020

November 27, 2019

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) today announced the appointment of Deborah Flint as President and Chief Executive Officer of the GTAA. Ms. Flint will commence her new role in April 2020 following more than 4 years as CEO of Los Angeles World Airports and 24 years serving in executive roles in the aviation industry.

“Deborah is a proven aviation executive who has been leading Los Angeles World Airports, one of the world’s largest passenger and cargo airports, through a period of significant transformation, including the development of an intermodal transit centre,” said Doug Allingham, Chair of the GTAA Board of Directors. “The GTAA Board undertook a global search for a new leader to help guide Toronto Pearson through its next phase of growth, and we are pleased to have found a Canadian-born airport executive with the energy, passion and experience to continue on with our vision to make Toronto Pearson the best airport in the world.”

In her role at Los Angeles World Airports, which operates both Los Angeles International and Van Nuys (general aviation) airports, Ms. Flint has focused the organization on the $14-billion modernization of its terminals, runway improvements, and a comprehensive transit program that includes roadway improvements and an intermodal transportation facility. Ms. Flint’s deep experience in connecting airports to regional transit networks dates back to her tenure as Aviation Director of Oakland International Airport where she delivered the BART, a $480 million Airport Rail Project.

“In the world of international airports, Toronto Pearson is a rising and notable star, known for its significant accomplishments on passenger service, growth in passenger traffic, and its leadership in working with both industry and community partners to take a regional perspective on the role a mega-hub airport plays in lifting those around it,” said Ms. Flint. “As a Canadian-born airport executive, I consider it a privilege to be able to return home to lead this organization and ensure it continues to deliver benefits to all of our stakeholders.”

Los Angeles World Airports has an impressive story, serving more than 87.5 million passengers and 2 million tonnes of cargo in 2018. In addition to being the 4th busiest passenger airport in the world, it is the only U.S. airport to serve as a hub for four U.S. legacy carriers (Alaska Airlines, American, Delta and United). It is considered to be one of two North American mega-hub airports, with Toronto Pearson focused on joining the ranks by the end of 2019. Mega-hub international hub airports serve more than 50 million passengers, with a high percentage of connecting and international passengers.

As a recognized leader within the international and U.S. aviation community, Ms. Flint serves as a member of the Airports Council International board, appointee to the U.S. DOT Drone Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program. Beyond the airport industry, she has served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank and is a Director of the Honeywell Corporation.

Ms. Flint will take over the position as President and CEO following the planned retirement of current President and CEO Howard Eng in March 2020. Mr. Eng led Toronto Pearson from 2012 and oversaw a period of record passenger growth, a dedicated focus on customer service and a dramatic expansion of the airport’s retail and service offerings. Mr. Allingham thanked Mr. Eng for his years of service and wished him a happy and productive retirement.

“After nearly 40 years running airports around the world, Howard’s retirement is a bittersweet moment in the history of Toronto Pearson,” stated Allingham. “We will continue to benefit from his dedication for years to come, as we reap the benefits of the decisions that he made over his eight-year term at Canada’s busiest airport.”

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The GTAA’s vision is to make Toronto Pearson the best airport in the world. Towards this objective, the GTAA focuses on ensuring the safety and security of passengers and airport employees, enhancing the passenger experience and supporting the success of its airline partners. Toronto Pearson served more than 49.5 million passengers in 2018, making it Canada’s busiest airport. With 163 international routes, Toronto Pearson is also North America’s most internationally connected airport.


The BC Marine Terminal Operators Association are hiring for their new Executive Director

The BC Marine Terminal Operators Association are hiring for their new Executive Director. Please click here if you are interested in applying or know someone who might be. 

Air Canada's Calin Rovinescu Named CEO of the Year for second time by Globe and Mail's Report on Business

 Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu was named CEO of the Year and Strategist of the Year on November 25, 2019 by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. This is the second time Mr. Rovinescu has been selected as Canada’s top CEO by the magazine.

Air Canada’s Calin Rovinescu Named CEO of the Year for second time by Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, November 26, 2019,

Ontario Releases Visionary Consultation Blueprint for Improving Safety & Operational Performance of Trucking Sector

 The Province of Ontario on November 8, 2019 announced a visionary, two-year comprehensive blueprint which will lead the trucking industry through a series of consultations that will make highways safer by introducing modern techniques and approaches that expand the perspective and reach of enforcement to deal with non-compliant carriers, including Driver Inc. operators. The Action Plan, which outlined the process for this consultation, also included additional significant measures previously introduced in a Red Tape Bill by Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, such as the introduction of an integrated vehicle safety and emissions inspection program and long combination vehicle enhancements.

Ontario Releases Visionary Consultation Blueprint for Improving Safety & Operational Performance of Trucking Sector, November 8, 2019,

CP, Short Line Railroads and Transload Operators Meet to Create Innovative Joint Opportunities and Drive Growth

Over the past two days, Canadian Pacific brought together short line railroads and transload operators to nurture collaboration and develop efficient service offerings to customers, with the goal of fostering sustainable, profitable growth. Building on the success of the 2018 Reconnect Conference, representatives of more than 50 companies were at CP’s Calgary headquarters for Connect 2019. John Brooks, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, CP said “Our short line and regional connections, and transload operators are key extensions of the CP business that allow us the scalable reach to new markets and optionality for our customers. Our terminal capacity and strategic land holdings are unique to CP, providing increased optionality for this segment of the transportation supply chain. Our goal in bringing together these companies annually is to find efficiencies and opportunities, something of critical importance in today’s economic climate.”

CP, short line railroads and transload operators meet to create innovative joint opportunities and drive growth, October 29, 2019,

Drone Delivery Canada to Establish Delivery Hub at EIA

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) is pleased to announce that with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada, it has entered into a commercial agreement with the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority (ERAA), operating Edmonton International Airport (EIA) and Villeneuve Airport, for the purpose of establishing the world’s first airport drone delivery hub, at Edmonton International Airport using DDC’s proprietary drone delivery platform.

Drone Delivery Canada to establish delivery hub at EIA, October 29, 2019,

Air Canada President and Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu Named Strategist of the Year and One of Canada's Top CEOs of the Year by Globe and Mail's Report on Business

Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu has been recognized as Strategist of the Year, as well as being named one of Canada’s top leaders of 2019 representing the best of corporate leadership, innovation, vision and responsibility by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. The Strategist of the Year is awarded by the Globe and Mail’s Report of Business team to a CEO whose bold decisions have materially changed and improved the strategic position of his or her business.

Air Canada President and Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu Named Strategist of the Year and One of Canada’s Top CEOs of the Year by Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, October 16, 2019,

Gordie Howe International Bridge and WDBA Winners at P3 Awards 2019

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) on October 4, 2019 announced that they have been recognized as Government Agency of the Year at the 2019 P3 Awards hosted by P3 Bulletin while the Gordie Howe International Bridge project also won in the category of Best Road/Bridge/Tunnel Project. The respective honours came amid strong competition from other industry leaders and renowned projects. The P3 Awards, held in New York, is one of the largest events recognizing and rewarding the best in public-private partnerships (P3s). The Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to be in service by the end of 2024 and will be an impressive and inspiring new gateway symbol for Canada and United States. The project involves not only construction of what will be the longest cabled-stayed bridge in North America but two of the largest Ports of Entry for a land border crossing and a connection to I-75 in Michigan.

Gordie Howe international bridge and WDBA winners at P3 awards 2019, October 4, 2019,

Blue Ribbon Task Force Releases Report on UAS Mitigation at Airports

On October 2, 2019, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on UAS Mitigation at Airports released its report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration, detection, identification, and mitigation in and around airports. The Task Force, jointly commissioned in April 2019 by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), recommends the U.S. Congress appropriate more funds to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Canadian government appropriate more funds to Transport Canada, and both legislative bodies extend UAS interdiction authority to trained state and local law enforcement agencies. “Whether the origin of drone activity near airports is careless, clueless or criminal, the escalating frequency of drone-related incidents present a security, operational and economic challenge to North American airports and their surrounding communities,” said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

Blue Ribbon Task Force Releases Report on UAS Mitigation at Airports, October 2, 2019,

Hamilton-Oshawa Port Rebrands with New Logo

Following its amalgamation in June 2019, the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (or HOPA) has launched a rebrand with a new logo. “The Port Authority sought a modern brand and visual identity that would resonate in Hamilton and Oshawa, and convey its evolution into a progressive maritime industry leader,” the port stated in a press release.

Hamilton-Oshawa port rebrands with new logo, September 27, 2019, <

PORT REPORT: Mega-study reveals Asia and China dominate the commercial maritime world

Ocean shippers, carriers and forwarders have long known it and now the United Nations has proved it with numbers – China and Asia utterly dominate the commercial maritime world. In a massive 14-year study going back to 2006, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has ranked 1,249 ports by how well connected they are to other ports around the world. Of the top 20 ports, 15 are in Asia and 11 are in China. Of the non-Asian ports in the top 20, two are in Europe, one is in the Middle East (Jebel Ali) and the other is in Sri Lanka (Colombo). The top connected ports are: Shanghai, Singapore, Busan, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Hong Kong.  August 9, 2019. (

FedEx Still World's Top Cargo Carrier, Emirates is in 2nd place, says IATA

FedEx has continued to hold on to the top spot as the world’s busiest cargo airline with volumes up 3.8 per cent year on year to 17.5 billion freight tonne kilometres (FTK) in 2018, according to the latest IATA World Air Transport Statistics report. The express operator is in the process of upgrading its fleet, having ordered an extra 12 Boeing 777 freighters and 12 B767Fs last year. As of May 31, 2019 its fleet comprised 681 aircraft compared with 670 aircraft in 2018 and 657 in 2017. As far as pure cargo airlines are concerned, Emirates topped the rankings in spite of demand remaining flat at 12.7 billion FTK, reported London’s Air Cargo News.   July 18, 2019,

Senate Committee Calls for Improvements to Trucking Routes and Border Infrastructure

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry released its new report in the third week of July 2019 titled Made in Canada: Growing Canada’s value-added food sector, which highlighted the central role trucking plays in the agriculture and food sector. CTA appeared before the committee in the fall to raise awareness on these issues and the committee subsequently made several trucking-related recommendations to the Government of Canada, for example: 1) governments maintain and expand an efficient road network throughout the country; governments harmonize regulations for the trucking industry in order to minimize delays; and 3) government of Canada modernize the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canada Border Services Agency inspection and registration systems in order to reduce processing times.  July 17, 2019,

B.C. Government Highlights Initiatives Aimed at Improving Conditions for Trucking Industry

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure provided an update on a slew of initiatives across the province recently, including the Weight2GoBC bypass program. Weigh2GoBC has provided enforcement officers with a tool to better focus on vehicles in need of assistance and not waste time on those operating under full compliance. The program could be linked to other similar efforts across the country in the future, such as Alberta’s Drivewyze program. Several other initiatives the province has taken to make life better for the trucking industry were highlighted.  June 2, 2019  (

Governing Transport in the Algorithmic Age

On May 23, 2019, the International Transport Forum released a study entitled Governing Transport in the Algorithmic Age. This study explores where automated decision-making systems impact transport activity, and how. More and more transport activity is influenced by algorithms. Automated decision-making is taking a hold in areas from health care and housing to media and mobility. In transport, algorithms are a core feature for services from public transport scheduling to routing apps, bicycle sharing to self-driving technology, parcel delivery to the dispatching of ride services. How can policy makers ensure mobility driven by algorithmic code supports societal objectives? The report discusses what the authors did, what they found together with their recommendations.  May 23, 2019.   (

CILT International 2019 AGM Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport will be held at The Midland, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS, UK on Monday 17th  June 2019 commencing at 11:30 local time to conduct the following items of ordinary business:

  • To consider and if thought fit adopt the accounts for the year ended 30th September 2018 and the reports of the trustees and auditors.
  • To re-appoint Mazars LLP as auditors and to authorise the trustees to agree their remuneration.

17 May 2019
By order of the Trustees
Andrew Weatherill, Director of Finance

The following grades are entitled to attend and vote:
Member, Chartered Member, Fellow, Emeritus Fellow, Honorary Fellow

The Annual Report and Accounts and the Proxy Voting Forms for the AGM on Monday 17th June 2019 will shortly be available on the International Website. Details in respect of appointing a proxy are available at

Click here to print and view the Proxy Voting Form.

Alternatively contact us as follows for details:
Write: 2019 INT AGM, CILT UK, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby NN17 4AX
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Please ensure all correspondence is headed up 2019 INT AGM.

Senators to Consider Sweeping Package of Amendments to Controversial Bill C-69

Bill C-69, an act to enact the impact assessment act and the Canadian energy regulator act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other acts. Bill C-69, which seeks to overhaul the environmental review process for large-scale projects like pipelines and nuclear plants, has become a point of vexation in the oil-rich provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Frustrations in those provinces has been mounting over the failure to increase Canada’s oil pipeline capacity over the past 15 years, kneecapping producers and pummeling prices for Canadian crude oil. Among the amendments obtained by the Post, one aims to reduce the timelines for projects reviewed by an independent panel from 600 days down to 510, satisfying industry demands for shorter review processes. Oil and gas lobby groups have warned that the new process could slow timelines to get major projects built, despite claims by Ottawa that the bill actually shortens the process with its “one project, one review” approach. Many of the proposed amendments aim to limit ministerial powers — a key concern among oil and gas representatives, who argue that higher discretion afforded to the federal environment minister will make the process more uncertain. One amendment would force the environment minister to get written approval from both the federal finance minister and minister of natural resources before a project could be rejected on environmental grounds. That would mark a substantial change from the current legislation, which leaves the decision solely to the environment minister, and would put more power in the hands of the typically more industry-friendly energy ministry.

Senators to consider sweeping package of amendments to controversial Bill C-69, May 7, 2019,

Capacity Challenges Facing Supply Chains are Disruptive

Becoming a shipper of choice is no longer a choice, particularly during what the executive of one of Canada’s largest shippers calls “some of the most disruptive times I’ve ever seen.” Delivering the keynote address at The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation of North America (CILTNA) annual spring outlook conference, Gary Fast, vice president transportation at Canadian Tire, told those gathered that he couldn’t remember experiencing the capacity challenges his company faces today in his 24 years in the industry.

Capacity challenges facing supply chains are disruptive, May , 2019,

Leading U.S. and Canadian Supply Chain Associations Enter Partnership

This collaboration may enable distribution of each other’s product offerings, development of joint training programs for Global 2000 and Fortune 1000 companies

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor · April 24, 2019

While trade and diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Canada remain somewhat contentious, one particularly encouraging development unfolded this week. 

The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) and the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) have jointly announced a collaborative partnership designed to bring expanded resources for shippers looking to optimize their supply chains. 

ASCM, one of the largest nonprofit association for supply chains, has long been regarded as a forum for thought leadership. 

Meanwhile, SCMA is said to be “the voice” of Canada’s end-to-end supply chain profession, representing and serving more than 7,000 professionals across the nation.

According to spokesmen, this collaboration may enable distribution of each other’s product offerings, development of joint training programs for Global 2000 and Fortune 1000 companies, participation and establishment of joint events, and combined media collateral. 

Once the trade and political leaders of these North American powers finally get on the same page regarding regulatory matters,  we look forward to tracking how this partnership evolves.

Halifax Port Authority Launches Public Consultation on Infrastructure Plans

The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is undertaking an important online consultation to determine the future of the Port of Halifax as Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway. The HPA undertook a comprehensive infrastructure planning process starting in 2016 to determine the best way for the Port of Halifax to capitalize on the significant transformation underway in the containerized cargo business. Every level of government, members of the public, customers, stakeholders, and port planning experts have all been involved in assessing the available options to take the Port of Halifax to the next level. Through this interactive online engagement tool, everyone will have the opportunity to learn about the ongoing infrastructure planning process and share views on the Port’s future, expansion options, decision-making priorities, and initiatives that contribute to a more vibrant, livable city.   April 21, 2019.  (

Leading Maritime Capitals of the World Report 2019: Singapore Still on Top

The Leading Maritime Capitals report for 2019 is out, with fresh insight on which maritime metropolises provide the best support for companies in shipping and related services. Singapore maintained its top position at the head of the 15 leading maritime capitals. Despite a somewhat weak trade cycle in traditional shipping and offshore oil and gas markets yet to recover, Singapore was able to retain its lead in three of the five pillars of the ranking: Shipping; Ports and Logistics; as well as Attractiveness and Competitiveness. In the two remaining pillars, London is number one in Maritime Finance & Law, while Oslo is number one in Maritime Technology. On the overall ranking, Hamburg remains in the number two spot, while Oslo drops from third to seventh. Rotterdam and Hong Kong show the biggest improvement, climbing to third and fourth respectively, with London rounding out the top five, and Shanghai at number six.  April 15, 2019,  (

New Process for Review and Authorization of Air Carrier Joint Ventures Now in Place

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced that effective April 4, 2019, the Minister of Transport has the authority to review and authorize joint ventures between airlines. Previously, only the Competition Bureau reviewed air carrier joint ventures to determine whether a joint venture would substantially lessen or prevent competition. It did not consider factors beyond those related to competition, such as impact on employment. This new process allows the Minister of Transport to authorize a proposed joint venture that would be in the public interest by balancing those interests with impacts on competition. This process was a key priority from the Minister’s Transportation 2030 strategy to promote greater choice and connectivity in the air sector, which may lead to lower ticket prices.   April 4, 2019, (

Air Cargo Priorities: Trade, Global Standards and Modernization

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments and the air cargo industry to focus on three priorities to accommodate the expanding demand for air cargo and ensure the economic and social benefits of aviation can be maximized. The three priorities are: 1)Accelerating the speed of process modernization; 2) Implementing and enforcing global standards, and 3) Keeping borders open to trade. The call came during the opening address by Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, at the 13th World Cargo Symposium.  (March 12, 2019,

China halts canola shipments from major Canadian supplier

A major Canadian canola exporter has had its registration to ship canola seeds to China revoked, the latest flare-up in a diplomatic and trade dispute between the two countries.

A Chinese customs document dated March 1 says the country has cancelled Winnipeg-based agricultural handler Richardson International’s registration. That means the company is forbidden to export canola seeds to the country.

“Richardson has been directly targeted,” vice-president Jean-Marc Ruest told CBC News. “We think this is part of a larger Canada-China issue, and we hope it gets resolved expeditiously.”

In the past, China has sought to limit the amount of “dockage” it allows in Canadian canola — referring to material such as weeds, stems and other seeds — to help fight the spread of a fungal crop disease known as blackleg.

But Ruest said the company believes this new flare-up isn’t related to those claims, but instead is tied to a roiling diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

“In regards to any issue of quality, we disagree with the Chinese allegations. The Canadian government respects and supports our position, and the quality of our product, at the same time.”

Canada exported more than $5 billion worth of canola last year, and almost half of it was destined for the Chinese market — almost five million metric tonnes worth, according to the Canadian Canola Growers Association.

Richardson is among the largest individual shippers of the product in the world, and this move “would basically curb or shut down their exports of canola,” growers association chief executive Rick White said in an interview.

“If Richardson can’t buy and move it and send it to China, farmers are to be left with it here in Canada.”

The news comes against the backdrop of rising tensions between Canada and China ignited last year, when Canadian officials detained Meng Wanzhou, vice-president of Chinese technology firm Huawei, at the request of U.S. tax authorities as she was boarding a flight in Vancouver.

Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei’s founder, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2018, while in transit through Vancouver to Mexico and South America. She is now involved in an extradition case and personal litigation against Canadian border officials, the RCMP and the attorney general of Canada.

Two Canadians — Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor — have since been detained in China, and on Monday the two men were accused of stealing state secrets from China.

White said that while there’s “no evidence or any information that ties that issue one to the other,” others are drawing a direct line between the revocation of Richardson’s permit with ongoing Chinese-Canadian trade and diplomatic issues.

One industry expert who has been granted anonymity for fear of becoming the target retaliatory measures from China said the move is “direct retaliation” for Canada’s recent actions — including the unfolding scandal involving SNC-Lavalin.

The Chinese see that “Trudeau was willing to intervene in legal matters to help … SNC, while at the same time refused to intervene to have Meng released to avoid extradition,” the source said.

“Richardson is the largest canola exporter and is Canadian … so [it’s] the best target to send a message.”

For its part, the government of Canada says it “will work with China to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”

“We are closely monitoring the situation and any potential impact on Canada’s agricultural trading relationship with China,” newly minted Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said in a statement to CBC News.

“We are in regular contact with industry stakeholders regarding this matter, and we will keep them informed as additional information becomes available.”

Charles Burton, senior fellow at the McDonald Laurier Institute and a former Canadian diplomat who served two postings in China, predicted last week that a crackdown on Canadian canola would be one possible tactic it would employ.

“Richardson seems to be a completely innocent victim of a larger geopolitical game,” he added on Tuesday.

He added that he hopes Beijing will reverse the decision, so both countries will “see what we can do to try and recover from the very damaged trust between our two nations because of the Chinese government’s horrendous response,” he said.

Sui Sui, a professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, said she suspects the move against Richardson is likely more tied to a specific rule violation than some larger diplomatic game.

“I’m sure there’s something special about this company,” she said in an interview. “If [a] Canadian company has a good relationship and [they] comply with regulations, I don’t think they have to worry too much about it.”

While the canola industry has been thrown for an unexpected loop, on the whole agricultural exports from Canada to China are inching higher.

Canada’s sudden issue with China comes against the backdrop of even worse trade tensions between China and the U.S., and Canada has become something of a pawn in that dispute.

As the Trump administration put tariffs on Chinese imports last year, Beijing retaliated and put levies on all sorts of U.S. products bound for China. One of the major ones is soybeans, which are now subject to a 25 per cent levy when they are shipping from the U.S. to China.

Faced with that sudden bill, Chinese importers tried to work around it by buying more from other countries, including Brazil and Canada. Canada was the second-leading supplier of soybeans to China in January, behind only Brazil.

With files from the CBC’s Scott Peterson, Karen Pauls and Katie Simpson

Toronto Pearson Recognized as North America’s Best

In 2013, Toronto Pearson set out a bold vision – to be the best airport in the world. Our team made a commitment to listening to our passengers, working with our partners and operating in an innovative and collaborative way. In 2017, we saw signs that these efforts were paying off, when Toronto Pearson was recognized by Airports Council International (ACI)’s Airport Service Quality Program as the Best Airport in North America serving over 40 million passengers.

I am pleased to tell you that today, ACI announced that Toronto Pearson has again been recognized as the 2018 Best Large Airport in North America and was doubly recognized as the Most Improved Airport in North America.

This recognition reflects Toronto Pearson’s ASQ score of 4.45 out of a possible 5. To earn the “most improved” designation, Toronto Pearson also demonstrated the most year-over-year improvements of any participating airport, making improvements in almost 90 per cent of the customer experience indicators measured.

When travelling through Toronto Pearson, you may have noticed some of the new ways you can count on Pearson to deliver a great travel experience, that gets our passengers to their destinations smoothly, reliably and comfortably:

  • Improvements to airport ambiance – including enhanced customer service and the opening of 26 new retail, food and beverage locations across both terminals, including a redevelopment of the US Food Court area located near Duty Free in Terminal 3;
  • Moving passengers faster from curb to gate – with new CATSA Plus security screening lanes, more than 400 digital screens introduced for improved wayfinding, and enhanced ground transportation options;
  • Creating a more comfortable environment – including 80 fully renovated washrooms in Terminal 3, continued work towards improvement of the cleanliness of terminals, the introduction of therapy dogs and nursing pods, and assisted changerooms; and,
  • Enhanced entertainment – with the free in-terminal music program, YYZ Live, and ten times faster free airport WiFi.

This achievement is possible because of the dedication and effort of the nearly 50,000 employees, representing 400 employers, that bring Toronto Pearson to our passengers every day. Their hard work and dedication mean that our global visitors start and finish their time in Toronto with a world-class passenger experience.

The news release can be viewed here.

Howard Eng
President and Chief Executive Officer