OTTAWA, July 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the approval of
the Toronto Pearson International Airport to participate in the international
air cargo transshipment program. The program allows air cargo to be moved
through the airport for shipment to third countries, allowing it to seek new
market opportunities and further develop its air cargo activity.
"Our government is pleased to have the international air cargo
transshipment program in place," said Minister Cannon. "The Toronto Pearson
International Airport now has an additional tool to help develop its air cargo
business, which will benefit the local economy."
The international air cargo transshipment program allows air cargo to be
moved through Canada for shipment to third countries. For example, cargo could
be flown from the United States into Toronto, stored temporarily, and then
flown to an international destination. Similarly, international air cargo
could also arrive from overseas and then be shipped by rail or road from
Toronto to the United States.
"Canada is a trading nation and we must seize every opportunity to expand
free and fair trade," said Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister
responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. "Today's announcement sends a clear
signal to our trading partners that Canada is indeed open for business. This
new program will improve the flow of goods internationally and provide major
economic benefits to the Greater Toronto Area and the rest of the country."
"We are pleased with Minister Cannon's announcement and are keen to work
with our air carrier partners to ensure the air cargo needs of the Greater
Toronto Area are met," said Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO of the Greater
Toronto Airports Authority. "We view the transshipment program as a positive
step towards a more competitive Toronto Pearson. These types of programs and
continued work towards liberalized air transport agreements with other
countries will allow maximum flexibility for cargo operators."
The program enables the Canadian Transportation Agency to authorize any
foreign air carrier to use the Toronto Pearson International Airport to
transship international air cargo, even if these rights are not provided in
Canada's bilateral air transport agreements. In addition, air carriers will be
able to combine such cargo transshipments with other services for which they
may be licensed.
Cargo security is addressed during the application process, and on an
ongoing basis, in the context of broader security monitoring by Transport
Canada and the operational activities of the Canada Border Services Agency.
The international air cargo transshipment program was introduced in 1982
at Mirabel Airport as part of a larger effort to improve the use of Montreal
area airports. It has since been expanded to other airports, including
Hamilton (1987), Windsor (1993), Gander (2000), Winnipeg (2004), Edmonton
(2006), Calgary (2007), and Abbotsford, Vancouver and Moncton (2008). The
program is also being introduced at Halifax Stanfield International Airport
and at Prince George Airport.
During the course of its international air policy review, Transport
Canada determined that Canadian airports should be given the freedom to
attract cargo transshipment activity where there are market opportunities, in
line with its market-oriented Blue Sky international air policy.
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