Pacific Processing Centre at Vancouver International Airport a vital
gateway for e-commerce via country's largest delivery network
RICHMOND, BC, April 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Hon. Steven Fletcher, Minister
of State (Transport), and Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra
today revealed the strategic role a $200-million processing plant now
under construction will play as the gateway for e-commerce shipments
from Pacific Rim economies entering Canada's largest home delivery and
By 2014, the 700,000-square-foot Canada Post Pacific Processing Centre
at the Vancouver International Airport will connect e-commerce
merchants and consumers, the fastest-growing sector of the delivery
"Our government's top priority is jobs, growth and long term prosperity,
that's why we have invested in the Asia-Pacific Gateway to strengthen
Canada's competitive position and international commerce," says The
Hon. Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport). "With e-commerce
in Canada growing rapidly, creating new businesses and jobs, it is
important for Canada Post to effectively serve this growing market and
the economic engine within Canada.
This strategic investment is part of Canada Post's $2-billion,
multi-year modernization program to build a postal system for the 21st century. A future-ready postal system will help ensure that all
Canadians can continue to access the postal and delivery services they
need—today and tomorrow—by capitalizing on growth opportunities as the
company's core business, Lettermail delivery, gradually declines.
Vancouver is one of Canada Post's three international access points for
parcels, packets and letters, and the centre of the company's western
operations. The company is investing $200 million in the new
multi-purpose processing centre and related equipment.
"With the growth of e-commerce, we are positioning ourselves as a strong
and reliable link between Canada and the Far East. Our unrivalled
delivery, transportation and retail networks already make us the
leading provider of business-to-consumer home delivery in Canada," says
Mr. Chopra. "We will ensure Canada Post remains relevant in an
increasingly digital economy, with more packages and fewer letters."
According to a study by eMarketer published in 2011, Canadians are set
to spend almost $31 billion online by 2015, doubling the current rate.
Within Canada Post, volumes from our roughly 20 largest e-commerce
customers grew by more than 20 per cent in 2011.
About Canada Post
With 69,000 employees and about 6,500 post offices, the Canada Post
Group of Companies—including affiliates Purolator, SCI Group and
Innovapost—maintains the largest retail and transportation network in
the country. Canada Post delivered 10.6 billion pieces in 2010 to
15 million addresses across Canada, posting $7.5 billion in revenue.
Canada Post provides innovative physical and electronic delivery
solutions, creating value for our customers, employees and Canadians.
SOURCE Canada Post
For further information:
Brayden Akers, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of State (Transport)