The Harper government and Port Metro Vancouver announced Wednesday $106 million in new investments aimed at making Canada the “gateway of choice” for an expected massive expansion in North America-Asia trade.
Two new container examination facilities will be built, one at the Deltaport terminal at Roberts Bank on Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) land, and the other at Port Metro Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet facility. Both are to open in 2015.
The announcement, by Trade Minister Ed Fast and Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay, is part of the 2011 Canada-U.S. “Beyond the Border” joint project.
The 2011 initiative by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama is aimed at improving transportation flows while reducing security risks associated with the huge and increasing number of containers arriving at North American ports.
The two new facilities will do the work currently conducted by a single smaller facility in Burnaby.
From JOC.com: Port Metro Vancouver “moves 19 percent of Canada’s total trade by value, and has an economic output of C$20.3 billion.”