Port of Montreal welcomes first direct call from China

Port of Montreal welcomes first direct call from China
Port of Montreal

The Port of Montreal welcomed a container ship straight from China, without cargo transhipment in the Mediterranean, for the first time in its history.

Chartered by freight forwarder Fracht FWO, the Happy Rover docked on November 14 at Racine Terminal, operated by Montreal Gateways Terminal Partnership (MGPT), to unload its containers.

Guilluame Brossard, vice president of growth and development at the Montreal Port Authority, said: “The first direct shipping link, without transhipment, between Asia and the Port of Montreal demonstrates fluidity of trade and the availability of our facilities in Montreal.

“The Port of Montreal is pleased to be able to count on the efficiency and strength of its key supply chain partners. As a strategic asset, our main role is to ensure optimal service for the benefit of North American businesses and citizens.”

In recent months there have been a number of unforeseen events in global supply chains that has caused concerns for consumers and businesses about shortages over the holiday season.

A direct, non-stop link between Asia and Montreal provides an optimal solution to help ensure supply chain fluidity and efficiency, benefiting from quick access to the port’s infrastructure and intermodal network.

Connected worldwide to over 140 countries, the Port of Montreal has a growing trade relationship with Asia, which now accounts for more than 30% of its cargo volumes.