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  • Only automotive sector shows growth in imports

    December 29, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    Only one import sector showed improvement in October, despite the Canadian dollar appreciating relative to the US currency, giving Canadians higher purchasing power on imports denominated in US dollars. Automotive imports edged up 1.8% to $6.2 billion, led by a

  • Widespread export increases for all sectors

    November 17, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    Almost half of the $1.5 billion export jump in trade this September stemmed from increased activity in the automotive sector, in which exports rose 10.4% to more than $7.4 billion, Statistics Canada records indicate. This followed an abnormally low August,

  • Port of Tacoma opens new auto processing facility

    October 28, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    The Port of Tacoma has opened a new, $40 million, leased auto-processing facility, the Marshall Avenue Auto Facility, which allows the Port and AWC to continue the expansion of auto import processing in Tacoma. The company currently processes Isuzu, Kia,

  • CN invests $24 million in Halifax-Montreal main line track improvements

    October 23, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    CN is investing $24.2 million in its Halifax-Montreal main line to improve the flow of intermodal, passenger, and general freight traffic. CN’s siding extensions program, one of the key initiatives of the $24.2 million investment, will benefit VIA Rail Canada

  • International rolls out 800,000th truck in Chatham

    October 9, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    International Truck and Engine Corporation’s Chatham heavy truck assembly plant rolled off its 800,000th truck this week. The milestone vehicle, an International(R) 9400i, was presented to International customer Al McCully, president, Preferred Transportation Limited. International has also renewed commitment to

  • Rising dollar could harm exports: CAW economist

    October 9, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    Economist Jim Stanford, of the Canadian Auto Workers, says there could be dire economic consequences if the Canadian dollar is maintained at current levels, or rises even further.The dollar broke through 75 cents October 7, reaching its highest level in

  • Gov’ts need to take better care of Ont. roads

    October 9, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    A coalition of auto, truck and road builders says the municipal, provincial and federal governments should boost spending on Ontario’s roads because they are falling apart due to neglect. The coalition, which calls itself the Municipal Roads Coalition, says this

  • Worth a Chuckle: High flying high jinks

    July 29, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct the problem, and then respond

  • Savi Technology and Matrics collaborating on breakthrough RFID system

    July 23, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    Savi Technology, a provider of real-time solutions for global supply chain security and asset management, and Matrics Inc., a provider of EPC-compliant smart label technology, have been collaborating on the integration of passive and active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies

  • Exports plummet to lowest level in 19 months

    July 11, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    Merchandise exports plunged to their lowest level in 19 months in May, Statistics Canada reported this morning. Imports were also down to their lowest level since the start of 2002. Companies exported goods worth just over $32.6 billion, down 2.8%

  • Exports: a detailed analysis of what went wrong

    June 13, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    In April, Canadian exports of energy products dropped 18.6% to $5.4 billion, the first decline following four straight monthly increases, Statistics Canada reports. Blame it on the end of colder-than-normal weather in eastern North America and the resolution to the

  • Imports: an industry by industry look at the latest numbers

    June 13, 2003 by Canadian Shipper

    Imports in Canada’s largest import sector, machinery and equipment, set the tone in April with a decline of 3.6% to $8.2 billion, according to Statistics Canada figures released this morning. That marked the lowest level since March 1998. Imports of