From the salt used on Toronto’s roads to keep drivers safe to the concrete used in the city’s booming construction industry, 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.
Since 1793, the Port has provided Canadian and international businesses with a convenient, cost-effective and environmentally-responsible way to bring goods into Canada’s largest city. The two million tonnes of cargo shipped to the city in 2014 marked an eight-year high for marine imports into the city, confirming the Port’s position as a continued key contributor to Toronto’s transportation infrastructure and economic strength.
In addition to its economic impact, this increase in cargo delivered through the Port by ship took approximately 50,000, 40-tonne trucks off Toronto’s already congested roads and highways. One tonne of freight can travel 240 kilometres on a single litre of fuel by ship, whereas it can only travel 30 kilometres on the same amount of fuel by truck.
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.