Calgary Regional Partnership collaborates to strengthen the emerging Inland Port

Calgary Region is home to Western Canada’s leading distribution hub and logistics centre.

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Calgary Regional Partnership strengthens awareness of Inland Port and emerging trade corridor at International Logistics Symposium

Leaders from the logistics and manufacturing industry in North America gathered for the 24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium Pathways for Trade: North America, the Most Competitive Region in the World held on September 19-20, 2017.

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New MOU between Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) and Calgary Economic Development (CED) to strengthen emerging Calgary Region Inland Port

Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) and Calgary Economic Development (CED) announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the alignment of activities to strengthen the emerging Calgary Region Inland Port. The announcement was made at the recent 2017 Canada Inland Ports conference. The Calgary Regional Inland Port MOU is a collaborative initiative to market and strengthen the Calgary Region as a supply chain and distribution hub and foreign trade zone. Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director, Calgary Regional Partnership announces the signing of the MOU in this video clip taken from the conference.

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Why supply chains must pay attention to the explosive growth of inland ports

With seaports growing rapidly in size and limited capacity, an inland port provides an effective counterbalance.

Increasingly, supply chain professionals are looking to inland ports for warehousing and distribution.

Good are taken directly from seaports to inland ports by containers.

According to a research report by CBRE Group Inc., top inland ports in North America are in a time of rapid growth and expansion.

This article examines the explosive growth of inland ports and why we are seeing this trend.

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Shipping to an inland port: Helping reduce your total landed cost

Shipping goods into Canada can be tricky but determining whether the journey ends at a marine port can be even trickier.

Beyond the simple logistics, the cost considerations can be endless.

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A beginner’s guide to Western Canada’s major inland ports

Over the past year, many supply chain professionals have asked us "What are inland ports and where are they located in Canada?"

With the Calgary Region being an inland port, we understand why this is an important question to ask.

Knowing what are the major Canadian inland ports is key to moving your products successfully across the country and calculating your total landed cost. For the purpose of this article, a major inland port is served by rail/container/intermodal terminal. 

We'll provide a high-level description of the inland ports in Western Canada, helping you understand what they have to offer.

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Canadian National Railway (CN) provide rail service to these inland ports.

The northern corridor (Vancouver / Prince Rupert – Edmonton – Saskatoon – Winnipeg) is dominantly serviced by CN while the southern corridor (Vancouver – Calgary – Regina – Winnipeg) is dominantly serviced by CP.

These long-distance corridors are supporting economies of scale (e.g. double stacking) that help reconcile growing port traffic and effective hinterland access.

The following provides a snapshot of Western Canada's inland ports along these corridors:

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Rail transportation through inland ports: Advantages and disadvantages

When researching transportation routes, many businesses around the world have asked us what are the pros and cons of shipping by rail through an inland port.

It’s an important question to ask because deciding which transportation method to use has significant impact on your landed cost.

This article is going to explain the advantages and disadvantages of shipping by train through an inland port so by the end you can make the best decision for your business.

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Growth of inland ports: 4 "need to know" trends for 2016

As Canada’s supply chain edges towards 2020, there has been a increase in use and growth of inland ports.

Here are some key trends fueling that growth:


1. Rail speeds up delivery times

Gone are the days when railroads couldn’t be counted on for efficiency. This means rail-bound goods consistently reach interior markets on-time.

For example, perishable items, such as fresh produce, can be delivered without worry of arriving past their best-before date.

This is changing the way food is transported across the country.

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How intermodal containerization led to the growth of inland ports

The research study, “ The Containerization of Commodities: Integrating Inland Ports with Gateways and Corridors in Western Canada ,” completed by Jean-Paul Rodrigue, PhD, for the Van Horne Institute, provides the foundation for the content in this article.

The research suggests the growth of inland ports can be predominately credited to the intermodal shipping container.

Rather than goods loaded and unloaded in seaports, shipping containers are transferred by truck or train to destined inland ports.

Shipping containers allow many functions to be moved to the inland port that were traditionally carried out at a seaport.

Transferring functions to an inland port speeds up container transfer and reduces container handling space.

According to Jim Brown, Owner of JSRB Logistics Consulting Ltd., "In many rail corridors, intermodal transportation to inland ports provides a much better dollar value than highway."

In Canada, there’s a growing level of intermodal use which reflects trends observed in the United States and around the world.

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Choosing an inland port: 8 crucial tips to lower your total landed cost

If you are not already using an inland port, are you considering it?

Perhaps you are looking at increasing your use of one?

These are important decisions many companies face with significant financial implications. 

There's rising demand for inland ports because of their effectiveness and efficiency.

The supply chain is all about obtaining the best total landed cost while achieving your business objectives. Many supply chains have even moved to an intermodal model to further lower costs.

With growing transportation expenses, a shortage of truck drivers and congestion at larger sea ports, inland ports have become a viable option.

If you are evaluating inland ports, here are eight tips to help you:

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