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Estonia eyes Halifax as a North American gateway

Mon September 19, 2011

A delegation of Estonian transportation representatives are in Nova Scotia today to talk about Halifax as the primary gateway option to North America. The Estonian delegation has stated that for them, moving goods and people through Halifax is the most competitive trans-Atlantic route to and from North America. The two-day delegation will result in a Trans-Atlantic partnership focused on increasing opportunities between these two regions.

“It’s our goal to show Estonians that Halifax is a competitive option when considering a North American entry or exit. We’re competitive on price, time and reliability when it comes to reaching mid-west inland markets and populations, said Joyce Carter, Chair of the Halifax Gateway Council. “It’s also important to introduce them to the team here in Halifax that represents an inter-modal approach to transportation. That’s why CN, Ceres, Halterm, Halifax Port Authority, Nova Scotia Gateway Secretariat, Halifax Stanfield International Airport and ACOA are all at the table today.”

Estonia and Halifax, as gateways are quite similar in structure and offerings. Estonia provides access to a consumer market of approximately 300 million, one of which is the Russian market, through the Port of Tallinn and Estonian Railways. Similarly, Halifax provides cargo owners and 3PLs direct access to Ontario, Chicago and the American mid-west market.

This is not a new approach for Estonians; transportation and logistics organizations have been investigating the North-American freight market since 2009. This delegation is the final step in formalizing a strategic partnership.

The two-day visit includes a round-table discussion, tour of Halifax Port Authority facilities, tour of CN Intermodal Halifax and a presentation from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The group then travels to Chicago, USA.

The Halifax Gateway is strategically positioned on the east coast of North America. Since the mid-eighteenth century, the region has been a gateway for the movement of trade and people. The Gateway is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Port of Halifax, two post-panamax container terminals, CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure.

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