As the United States’ neighbor to the north, Canada is inextricably linked to the U.S. economy through its bilateral and NAFTA trade partnerships. It’s a relationship that generated more than $340 billion in cross-border trade in 2013, a record for the longtime trade allies. Now, with both economies showing signs of more rapid sustained growth, that trade is poised to grow in 2014 and beyond.
Although that’s certainly welcome news for the importers, exporters, freight intermediaries and transportation providers responsible for originating or carrying that cargo, signs increasingly point to a supply chain struggling to keep up. That’s seen in various chokepoints at ports and terminals in clearing of goods, many bound for the U.S. Midwest. It’s also seen on the intermodal network, where railroads are struggling to recover from a debilitating winter that hit service levels hard.
This 75-minute webcast will feature one of the nation’s leading economists, who will examine the latest trends for the Canadian economy, including the crucial supply-demand outlook through the ongoing peak shipping season; and the head of the nation’s largest freight forwarding association, who will analyze the major issues and opportunities for cargo interests operating in Canada.
Dawn Desjardins, Assistant Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Canada
Ruth Snowden, Executive Director, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
Moderator: Mark Szakonyi, Senior Editor, JOC Group Inc.
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