At the annual Canadian Chamber of Commerce Convention held digitally on October 26, the Surrey Board of Trade, on the first day won the support of 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade to instigate change and action on innovative port infrastructure investments.
“To ensure that the Canadian economy can continue to grow, investment in infrastructure and technology related to imports, exports and advancements in shipping are necessary. Infrastructure projects and technological advancements to improve efficiencies, commodity pricing to ensure Canada remains competitive on the world stage,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
“Canadian trade connections and capacity can deliver the competitive advantage for Canada in the years ahead, but only if Canadian port authorities are able to plan for and advance projects that will meet the country’s trade objectives.”
The Surrey Board of Trade recommends that the Federal Government:
1. Guarantee that port infrastructure projects across the country receive support and timely investments;
2. Work with supply chain industry, in particular marine terminal operators, drayage companies, railways and port authorities to invest in digital technologies that allow seamless communication with the technology used by large commercial shipping companies; and,
3. Ensure that industrial land is protected so that it may be used to enhance port activity.