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Lobster Worth Millions Shipped Worldwide for the Holidays

Thu December 21, 2017

News release sent out by the Halifax International Airport Authority.

This news release was originally published on December 21, 2017.

Millions of dollars’ worth of Nova Scotia lobster and other seafood products will be shipped overseas once again during the holiday season.

“This has traditionally been the busiest time of the year for our cargo business. By the end of the month, we estimate $30 million in lobster will have been shipped from Halifax Stanfield in December alone. We anticipate the same high level of activity during the first month of 2018, as demand for Nova Scotia lobster is strong during the Chinese New Year holiday celebrations”, says Bert van der Stege, Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) Chief Commercial Officer.

Throughout the holiday season seafood products will be sent to all parts of the world from Halifax Stanfield. Carriers transporting seafood include Air Canada, ASL Airlines, Atlas Air, Cargojet, DHL, FedEx, Korean Air Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo. Dedicated freighters will fly directly into Asian and European markets using the Boeing 747, 777 and 767 aircraft types.

The value of cargo exports is up 10% versus last year and 2017 is expected to become another record year for Halifax Stanfield’s cargo business. This increase is driven by high-value, high-demand seafood products like Nova Scotia’s world-famous lobster.

“We see our role as facilitating Nova Scotia exports to global markets, hence the need to continue to invest in facilities and grow the value of exports. As an example: every single Boeing 777 freighter contributes $1.5 million to our local economy”, says van der Stege.

Last month, HIAA submitted a funding application with the federal National Trade Corridors Fund in an effort to gain access to financial support that would allow the airport to continue its growth and support of the cargo logistical chain.

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