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Transport Minister meets with Federation of Canadian Municipalities on safe transportation
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, met with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as part of a continued open dialogue to discuss safe rail transportation. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities represents 2,000 communities across Canada.
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Canadian international merchandise trade, August 2013
Statistics Canada
Canada's merchandise imports grew 2.1 percent in August, while exports were up 1.8 percent. As a result, Canada's trade deficit with the world went from $1.2 billion in July to $1.3 billion in August. Imports grew to $41.1 billion, led by energy products, aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts, and motor vehicles and parts. Overall, volumes rose 1.2 percent and prices were up 0.9 percent.

Exports increased to $39.8 billion, as volumes grew 1.4 percent and prices edged up 0.4 percent. Energy products and metal and non-metallic mineral products were the main contributors to the increase in exports. Exports to the United States increased 1.9 percent to $30.1 billion, their highest value since December 2011. Imports from the United States edged up 0.1 percent to $26.1 billion. Consequently, Canada's trade surplus with the United States widened from $3.4 billion in July to $4.0 billion in August.

Imports from countries other than the United States rose 5.8 percent to $14.9 billion, on the strength of imports of crude oil and crude bitumen. Exports to countries other than the United States increased 1.6 percent to $9.7 billion. The principal trading areas "other OECD countries" (+3.0 percent) and "all other countries" (+3.1 percent) were the main contributors to this advance. These gains were partially offset by lower exports to the European Union (-7.1 percent). As a result, Canada's trade deficit with countries other than the United States widened from $4.6 billion in July to $5.3 billion in August.

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Trucking


Minister Raitt highlights importance of women in Canada's shipping industry
Truck News
Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, addressed participants at the 33rd Women's International Shipping & Trading Association Conference about the important role that women play in the marine sector. Raitt stressed the importance of women's access to management positions as very important for the government.
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US government shutdown worries Canada's exporters
The Globe and Mail
Mel Svendsen, CEO of Standen's Ltd., a maker of truck, trailer and farm machinery parts, got up to see if the budget standoff in Washington D.C., had led to a government shutdown. Svendsen's customers who supply the U.S. government might face a drop in orders if the shutdown of all nonessential services drags on. "I haven't been to sleep since" checking the news in the wee hours, he said in an interview.
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Rail


A case for hauling Canada's coal
The Motley Fool via Daily Finance
Coal stocks have been hammered, some miners falling over 40 percent. There is still an opportunity for investors to make money in coal, however, through the transportation companies that move coal from Canada to Asia. Asian manufacturers are importing Canada's metallurgical coal to build cars, trucks and appliances.
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CN foresees robust grain crop
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Leading Canadian rail freight carrier, Canadian National Railway, has forecasted robust growth in West Canadian crop production of over 60 million tons. The forecast is suggestive of the highest crop production, which will likely bolster agricultural shipments of Canadian National. Canadian National remains focused on enhancing its supply chain that can provide network fluidity and efficiency to meet increased demand.
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Air


Montreal's role in aviation highlighted at ICAO headquarters
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec — on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport — unveiled a new photo exhibit at the International Civil Aviation Organization's headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, entitled "Montreal and ICAO: A Panoramic View of our History."
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TIACA warns of implementation challenges to EU air cargo security regs
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
The International Air Cargo Association says that although it welcomes the European Commission's recent meetings with industry stakeholders in preparation for the launch of new obligatory E.U. regulations on air cargo security, "much work remains to be done." The association also expressed concern that these regulations fall outside industry goals of a common, unified approach to global security standards.
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IATA — Air cargo continues low gear acceleration
International Air Transport Association
IATA reported a continued modest improvement in air cargo markets in August. August air freight demand was up 3.6 percent on the previous year. That is considerably better than year-to-date performance of a 0.7 percent expansion. Demand for air freight began increasing slowly from April, in line with strengthening business confidence, as economic performance in Europe and the U.S. showed signs of improvement. The Eurozone economy, for example, stabilized in the second quarter of 2013 and import volumes have improved. A strong upswing, however, would require a significant improvement in the cargo performance of airlines in the Asia-Pacific region. They are the largest players in global air cargo with a collective 38-percent market share. Their year-on-year performance for August was basically flat (-0.2 percent).

Regional Analysis

The bulk of the August growth came from carriers in Europe and the Middle East, while Asia-Pacific volumes were stagnant and African volumes fell significantly.
  • Asia-Pacific airlines' freight demand was basically flat (-0.2 percent) compared to the previous August. That is an improvement on the year-to-date performance which showed a 1.9 percent decline. The "flatline" performance of the region's carriers can be largely attributed to a slowdown in emerging markets and a deceleration of China's growth over the first half of the year. A rebound in trade growth from July (in response to the strength of developed markets) could be an encouraging sign. However the region's carriers will be facing stiffer competition for long-haul cargo. Airlines based in the Middle East, for example, have expanded their cargo business significantly (12.7 percent year-to-date).
  • European carriers' freight grew 3.4 percent in August, with capacity up 4.2 percent. The European economy has started growing again and imports have increased. Eurozone export orders reached a 27-month high in August which should lead to strong export growth in the months ahead.
  • North American airlines showed signs of a small pick-up, with growth of 0.7 percent. There has been considerable volatility in North American freight performance in 2013. Year-to-date, North American carriers have seen cargo demand slip by 1.2 percent.
  • Middle Eastern carriers continued the strong growth that has been characteristic for the region all year. In August year-on-year freight volumes were up 23.8 percent, though this was exaggerated by the impact of Ramadan, which fell a month earlier this year. Year-to-date growth stands at 12.7 percent. It appears Middle Eastern freight growth has accelerated in recent months (even when neutralizing for the impact of Ramadan). This has been supported by improving demand in developed economies.
  • Latin American airlines grew their freight volumes strongly, up 12.6 percent in August. Robust trade volumes in Latin America (up nearly 8 percent in July since the start of the year) are providing a solid foundation for expansion in air freight demand.
  • African carriers experienced another decline in freight volumes, down 9.7 percent. After a positive start to 2013, African air freight growth has slowed and is now up by just 0.7 percent for the year to date. Despite healthy trade volumes and strong growth in many African countries, African airlines face intense competition on key trade routes.

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Conference Board of Canada releases air transportation policy report
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
A new Conference Board of Canada report, "Growing Canada's Economy: A New National Air Transportation Policy," has outlined several recommendations towards improving Canada's air transportation industry, which generates about $35 billion annually and supports more than 400,000 jobs. The Conference Board said the last major changes in air transportation policy took place more than 20 years ago, and the full potential of the industry is not being realized.
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French-speaking truckers get fast tracked to Saskatchewan
CBC News
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Marine


Bilateral ballast battle brews over keeping invasive species out of Great Lakes
The Canadian Press via The Province
Tough new American rules on ballast water discharge in the Great Lakes, designed to curb the spread of aquatic hitchhikers like zebra mussels and goby fish, will penalize Canadian freighters while all but ignoring U.S. vessels, say shippers north of the border. The powerful U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin implementing the new ballast rules after years of wrangling among Canadian officials, the U.S. Coast Guard, the state of New York and other Great Lakes jurisdictions.
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Canada Border Services Agency extends transition period for marine mode carrier codes
Canadian Transportation & Logistics
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has advised marine carriers and marine agents it is extending the transition period for marine mode carrier codes. Marine agent carrier codes were set to expire. To ensure carriers have sufficient time to obtain a customs bond (if required) and to apply for their carrier code, the CBSA has extended the transition period.
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