CITA News Bulletin
Nov. 21, 2013

TSB says Transport Canada falls short in response to recommendations issued
Railway Track and Structures
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is concerned Transport Canada's lack of firm action indicates there is no clear strategy in place to address the rail safety issues identified by the board. The TSB released its assessment of Transport Canada's response to the three recommendations it made following its investigation into the February 2012 VIA Rail Canada Burlington accident, where three locomotive engineers died and dozens of passengers were injured when VIA No. 92 derailed at a crossover en route from Niagara Falls to Toronto.More

Canada-Japan trade negotiations Advance in Ottawa
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, announced that progress continues to be made toward a Canada-Japan economic partnership agreement as the fourth round of negotiations concluded in Ottawa. During round four, which took place from Nov. 12-14, progress was made in a broad range of areas, including financial services, technical barriers to trade and intellectual property. The Joint Study on the Possibility of a Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement found that a trade agreement with Japan could translate into GDP gains of $3.8 billion per year for Canada, which is equivalent to almost 25,000 new jobs or a boost of $325 to the average Canadian family's annual income. The study also found that an agreement could increase Canada's exports to Japan by as much as 67 percent. An agreement is expected to strengthen export opportunities in many areas, including agri-food products, fish and seafood, and natural resources.

A priority market under the government's Global Commerce Strategy, Japan is the world's third-largest national economy and Canada's fourth-largest merchandise export market. In 2012, the total value of Canadian exports to Japan reached nearly $10.4 billion. With almost $17.5 billion invested in Canada at the end of 2012, Japan is Canada's largest source of job-creating investment from Asia. More

Canadian international merchandise trade, September 2013
Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
Canada's merchandise exports grew 1.8 percent while imports edged up 0.2 percent in September. As a result, Canada's trade deficit with the world narrowed from $1.1 billion in August to $435 million in September. Exports increased to $40.6 billion on the strength of energy products as well as aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts. Overall, volumes were up 1.7 percent.

Imports edged up to $41.1 billion, as gains in energy products and consumer goods were partially offset by declines in basic and industrial chemical, plastic and rubber products as well as aircraft and other transportation equipment and parts. Import prices were up 0.4 percent while volumes were down 0.2 percent.

Exports to the United States increased 1.0 percent to $30.5 billion on higher exports of aircraft. Imports from the United States were up 0.9 percent to $26.2 billion. Consequently, Canada's trade surplus with the United States rose from $4.2 billion in August to $4.3 billion in September.

Exports to countries other than the United States rose 4.2 percent to $10.1 billion; the European Union (+21.0 percent) was the main contributor to the increase. Imports from countries other than the United States declined 1.1 percent to $14.8 billion, with the largest decrease reported for the principal trading area "all other countries". As a result, Canada's trade deficit with countries other than the United States narrowed from $5.3 billion in August to $4.7 billion in September.More

Leadership comes from experience
By Ray Haight
Effective leadership in business, politics, family or any organization is critical to the success of that situation. I have seen and been involved in many situations at many trucking companies, nonprofit organizations and community efforts that would be succeeding with the addition of one missing element — effective leadership. Someone with dedication vision and a strong moral compass who walks the walk can fix almost any issue in any circumstance.More

Truckload and intermodal freight specialist optimises cross-border rail connections
Handy Shipping Guide
Just occasionally a hint of the language associated with the romantic vision of the iron horse crossing the plains echoes once again even in the modern world of rail freight and a phrase in the latest press release from truckload, multimodal and logistics specialist Schneider National stands out to those less familiar with industry terms. Schneider has introduced a new 'steel-wheel interchange' in Jackson, Miss., which, the company says, has markedly improved the intermodal delivery times on its cross-border services between the U.S. and neighbouring Canada and Mexico. More

Canada orders more disclosure on hazardous rail cargoes
Canada will require railways to start telling municipalities what goods they have been transporting through their jurisdictions, but the government acknowledged that such data would not have prevented the July derailment that demolished the heart of a Quebec town, killing 47 people. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said her directive on railway disclosure met a request made by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities after a runaway train carrying crude oil exploded in the center of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. More

Celadon to acquire Canadian trucking, rail firm
Indianapolis Business Journal
Indianapolis-based trucking firm Celadon Group Inc. has agreed to acquire a road and rail service provider in Saskatchewan intended to help broaden its footprint in Canada. Celadon announced the deal with N. Yanke Transfer Ltd., which posted revenue of $90 million in 2012. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. More

Air Canada Cargo and Cargojet seek cooperation deal
Air Cargo World
Air Canada and Cargojet announced they have signed a Letter of Intent to explore strategic opportunities in both cargo and airline operations within Canada and in international markets. The carriers intend to pursue strategic opportunities and increase cooperation in various areas such as global sales and marketing, expanded interline opportunities and enhanced connectivity that would increase revenues and reduce operating costs. Both airlines would work towards providing optimized services to the shipping community on their respective networks.More

Good news ahead for global and Canadian economies, Newman tells CITT
Truck News
After five tough years, the global economic picture is starting to shape up for the better and Canada is well-positioned to take advantage of the new opportunities...More

Hitting the moving target on fuel surcharges: A critical conversation for shippers and carriers
Truck News
In a panel discussion on fuel surcharges at the CITT's National Conference on Supply Chain & Logistics today, Lou Smyrlis, editorial director of Truck News...More

CP rail's profit jumps as freight revenue rises, costs fall
MSN Money
Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada's No. 2 rail operator, reported a higher profit for the third quarter as freight revenue improved and operating costs fell. The U.S.-listed shares...More

General cargo shipments keep US Great Lakes ports busy
The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period between spring and fall were 28 million metric tons; down 7 percent over the same period in 2012. With only two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports are hustling to move as much cargo as possible. More

Is transit slipping away?
Port News
The volume of transit shipping by the Northern Sea Route is expected to fall by about 2.5 percent, year-on-year in 2013. This was announced by Aleksandr Olshevsky, head of NSR Administration, at the second International Conference "Northern Sea Route" in Saint-Petersburg. According to him, this should be attributed, in particular to the competition with the North West Passenger which has commenced transit navigation.More