Total global marine traffic decreased by almost 10% in 2020.
Meanwhile, in Québec City, it fell 6.8%.
Logistics hub to promote trade, handling and warehousing of goods; miscellaneous infrastructures at the heart of companies’ import and export strategies; continuous marine services in supply chains that connect about 50 countries; the Port and the Québec-Lévis marine industry are closely linked to the economic vitality of the greater Québec City area.
In fact, under the Canada Marine Act, the Port of Québec is at the service of Canadian foreign trade and generates significant economic benefits through its undeniable strategic advantages and significant economic spinoffs, particularly because of its role as a transshipment point for many cargo movements between the Great Lakes market and the rest of the world.
As a result, all the trade in goods that goes through Québec and that was produced in major North American industrial centres generates wealth and spinoffs in our region. For example, the agri-food industry in western Canada or the steel industry in the Great Lakes creates quality jobs here, without the Québec City region having the impact associated with the physical presence of these industries.
We must also remember that ports are vital to the economic development of a trading nation like Canada. A very small market requires that certain inputs come from outside and that part of those markets also be served by ships. This is the mode of transportation that remains the most environmentally efficient.
Although the pandemic has severely weakened the cruise ship industry, port activities — although disrupted — have been proved more relevant than ever. Port infrastructure meets a basic need and provides local wealth generation, while making users more competitive.
Key industries served by the Port of Québec in 2020
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