The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport – North America is an important organization which fosters key discussions and dialogue around the world. At a time when economies, businesses and governments alike are under tremendous pressure to perform, and given the rapid growth of global trade, the necessity of having an effective and efficient logistics and transportation supply chain is more critical now than ever before.
Increased trade and commerce between international partners are a key priority for most national governments including Canada’s. The ability to fully enable this growth is dependent on the vitality and efficiency of our key trade routes and the systems that support them. We have new and exciting opportunities in front of us. If industry fails to partner on developing a truly efficient supply chain network, this opportunity for the Canadian economy will be missed. As such, the discussions being led and facilitated by CILT are of real significance to informing the understanding of industry, government, and academia related to building the best possible logistics and transportation supply chain.
Roger Larson, President of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute made the following three points during a keynote luncheon speech:
- The winter’s backlog of grain and other rail shipments does not represent a blip. Canada’s commodity export pipeline is hitting the limits of capacity.
- Canada stands ready to reap economic benefits from massive investments in key commodity industries and from the new wave of free trade agreements being signed by the federal government, but only if our commodity export pipeline is up to the task.
- Only a strategic partnership of governments, ports, railways, labour and shippers can ensure that Canada’s place as an export powerhouse will be realized.