Canada and the United States have been solid trade partners for quite some time. Roughly 66% of the items traded between these two counties are transported by trucks. Over 80% of all U.S. exports to Canada are also transported by the trucking industry. It’s also important to note that Canadian for-hire trucking companies handle slightly more than 80% of the overall tonnage that is shipped within the country’s various provinces as well.
A Brief Overview of the Canadian Trucking Industry
According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, this industry’s worth is more than $65 billion. It provides a variety of jobs for over 400,000 individuals. Given the total number of employees and positions, 260,000 are drivers.
Canada’s Food and Beverage Processing Industry
The second largest manufacturing industry within this country is food and beverage processing. As a result, it depends on the trucking industry to transport items from Point A to Point B. In 2012, for example, 90% of the total number of consumer products and foodstuffs were transported by truck. In addition to transporting these products and foodstuffs throughout Canada, nearly 66% of them were traded with the U.S., which continues to be Canada’s most significant trade partner. When considering the production value of various shipments, these were worth $105.5 billion in 2014 alone.
Canada’s Planned Transportation Infrastructure Improvements
Over the course of the next decade, Canada is planning to improve its transportation infrastructure. Given investments made possible by the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative, $2 billion will be spent in order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Canada’s transportation infrastructure.
Logistics and Other Available Services
Whether you’re just launching your company or have been in business for quite some time, you can streamline your operations by working with reliable transportation companies. Other available services include warehousing and distribution along with logistics and reverse logistics services. Once you speak with a representative, you will be able to discuss your requirements and learn more about available services. Furthermore, you will be able to receive recommendations on how to address your ongoing and/or future shipping and storage needs.