The first phase of a national logistics strategy begins with Fairview: CME

    PRINCE RUPERT, BC, Sept. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - A new world port and a
competitive edge for Canada in the global economy. That's what Canadian
Manufacturers & Exporters is labeling today's opening of the Port of Prince
Rupert's new Fairview container terminal.
    "Today is a milestone, not just for British Columbia, but for Canada,"
says Werner Knittel, Vice President of CME British Columbia. "Fairview will
further enhance Canada's strategic advantage as a key shipping destination for
Asian goods entering North America. The distance between our two continents
just became much shorter."
    Already the shortest route between Asia and North America, the Port of
Prince Rupert's geographic advantages of a deep water, year-round ice-free
port and supporting intermodal infrastructure, will attract new Asian
container ships carrying cargo destined for Central Canada and North East
American markets.
    "As Canada's leading trade and industry association, CME is proud to see
this vision become a reality," said Dave Greer, chair of CME British Columbia.
"We were one of the early proponents for this initiative - the geography made
sense; the economics made sense; now, the future will result in dollars and
cents for Canadian business."
    While the opening of Fairview stands as an important symbol in the new
global economy, it is critical to Canada's future success to accelerate the
remaining phases of this project and to build on this to develop a national
logistics strategy in the nation.
    "This is an important step in making Canada the destination of choice for
trade between Asia and North American; but marine transportation is only one
element in the logistics equation. As CME has been advocating for the past few
years, we need a national logistics strategy in Canada," Knittel added. "Once
the cargo arrives on our shores, we need to ensure that we have the proper
infrastructure to deliver it to our manufacturers and customers quickly,
efficiently and cost effectively. And that's going to take a national vision,
a strategy that links ships, trucks and trains from coast to coast. The West
Coast is no longer the back door for Canadian international trade. A national
logistics strategy has to recognize that we now have two front doors!"
    "Canada's history has laid the foundation on which we can build on and
compete in the 21st century," added Greer, in reference to the construction of
the CPR rail line from coast to coast that was responsible for settling
Western Canada. "Now, it's up to us to build on that foundation. The Pacific
Gateway Initiative is not simply about handling traffic on our West Coast. It
needs to be part of a coherent and integrated strategy to ensure that the
nation's and the world's products can be moved across the country and into key
markets such as Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and the American heartland.

For further information:

For further information: Werner Knittel, Vice President, CME BC
Division, Cell: (604) 618-7808,; Note: Werner
Knittel and David Greer will be in Prince Rupert Sept. 12 along with CME
Alberta Vice President Brian McCready for the Fairview opening and will be
available for comment onsite.

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