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International trade myths busted

Is high land value and dwindling supply of commercial property in Vancouver creating opportunity for the island?

If you are like many who see Vancouver Island as a great tourism, retirement and lifestyle destination only, you will be surprised to discover the amount of existing import/export activity and the enormous potential for even greater volumes and cost-effective options for shipping to global markets from Vancouver Island.

Contrary to common beliefs, Vancouver Island is strategically positioned to play a significant role as Canada embarks on a number of international trade agreements.

‘Many will know that the Economic Alliance has been working to help strengthen inter-modal transportation to support advanced manufacturing in particular since 2014. We see tremendous potential for expanded use of our existing infrastructure.’ – George Hanson, President, VIEA

Our panel of transportation specialists in local and international goods transportation as well as import/export regulation will provide answers to a broad range of questions.

Opportunities exist to optimize Vancouver Island’s link as a transportation and trade corridor for local, regional and international trade. Marine, road, and rail infrastructure are key components for community growth and economic prosperity to ensure goods can be cost effectively transported across many borders, home and abroad. The Island’s world class short sea shipping services just 30kms from Canada’s largest port – Vancouver, as well as international deep sea shipping facilities provide these essential gateways.

Join Adam Cook, Sales Director, CN Rail, Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping BC, Peter Amat, General Manager, Pacific Basin Shipping – Vancouver, Tobare Dominguez, Commercial Director, DP World, and Allison Bouton, Program Manager, Export Navigator for an in-depth look at Vancouver Island as a gateway for international trade.

This session is sponsored by Canadian National Railway—

‘CN’s extensive network coupled with unique supply chain partnerships, provides connections to all points in North America and beyond. As a true supply chain enabler, CN offers Carload and Intermodal services on and off of Vancouver Island through partnerships with marine service providers. In addition, CN offers customers the capabilities to utilize CN’s Surrey Distribution Center and Vancouver CargoFlo facilities to access International Markets from the lower mainland.’ – Adam Cook, Sales Director, CN Rail

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