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Halifax Gateway Leads European Union Trade Mission

Thu October 31, 2013

Following on the heels of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), senior officials of the Halifax Gateway will be in Europe from November 4-7, 2013. The visit is focused specifically on raising the profile of the $115 billion in major project activity and how these projects relate to gateway assets in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“The mega projects taking place within our region offer tremendous opportunities for European suppliers through the Halifax Gateway,” said Joyce Carter, Chair of the Halifax Gateway Council and CFO & CSO of Halifax International Airport Authority. “The collaboration of our Gateway members offers European companies seamless and unified access to all modes of transportation and logistics services”. 

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) was retained to independently look at the projects and to uncover the potential impacts of the energy, mining and manufacturing sectors on the Halifax Gateway.  These opportunities include $2 billion in offshore oil exploration by Shell and BP, Vale S.A.’s massive $4.25 billion nickel processing facility and Irving Shipbuilding’s $25 billion Federal contract under the national shipbuilding procurement strategy. 

“Take Vale mining for example; as their activities increase, tonnes of nickel and copper will be going through Halifax overseas by ship and potentially to the US by rail,” said Elizabeth Beale, President and CEO of APEC.  “We can also expect to see significantly more business travel through Halifax Stanfield International Airport from several of these projects.”  APEC identified 388 major projects across the Atlantic Region totalling $115 billion in its spring Atlantic Report publication.  

The Halifax Gateway delegation is among the first to capitalize on the agreement in principle of the Canada-European free trade agreement by collaboratively promoting opportunities within the Atlantic Gateway.  Members of the Halifax Gateway continue to keep pace with the region’s booming energy, resource and manufacturing projects by making significant investments in land development and transportation infrastructure. Recent investments include an airport runway extension to 3200 metres, an 80 metre pier extension and several projects at the Halifax Logistics Park. 

Events in Europe are scheduled for Brussels (Nov. 4), Antwerp (Nov. 5), Amsterdam (Nov. 6) and Dusseldorf-Neuss (Nov. 7). Halifax Gateway partners attending include:  Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Port of Halifax, APEC, Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the Greater Halifax Partnership. 

About the Halifax Gateway

Strategically positioned on the east coast of Canada, the Halifax Gateway is an integral component of Canada’s Atlantic Gateway and is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the international Port of Halifax, two super post-Panamax container terminals, CN Rail, available large scale acreage for logistics use and existing facilities offering transload, distribution and warehousing and excellent highway infrastructure.  The council is managed by the Greater Halifax Partnership. For more information visit

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