TORONTO, Ont.–More than two million tonnes of cargo from around the world were delivered directly into the heart of the city last year through the Port of Toronto, marking an eight-year high for marine imports into the city, said a port release.
More than 160 ships visited the Port of Toronto in 2014, resulting in the highest level of imports since 2007 and representing a 30 per cent increase over 2013 tonnages. The cargos carried into the Port last year included stone and aggregate imports which increased by 50 per cent, and salt imports which increased nearly 150 per cent, over the year prior.
Since 1793, the Port of Toronto has served as Toronto’s gateway to the St. Lawrence Seaway and to marine ports around the world. Before the introduction of the shipping container, and its use as the major means of moving non-bulk cargo, such items as automobiles, rubber and farm machinery were common cargo through the Port of Toronto. Now serving primarily as a bulk cargo facility, the Port’s unique location minutes from downtown Toronto provides a network of intermodal links to road, rail and air transportation, allowing goods from such countries as Germany, Australia, South Korea, China and the USA to flow in and out of the city, the release added.