North Sea Port signs cooperation agreement with port of Quebec

Published on Fri 16 Mar 2018
Canada has been a major trading partner for North Sea Port for years. In the margins of the Belgian State visit to Canada on Friday, 16 March, North Sea Port concluded an agreement with the Quebec port authority in order to boost the cargo traffics between both ports.

This agreement with Quebec is at the same time the first cooperation agreement of the North Sea Port merger port. Moreover, there has already been a consultation with the competent minister of Quebec on the spot. 

Bulk cargo and food

North Sea Port wants to strengthen the trade relations with the east coast of Canada with a lot of attention to bulk cargo and foodstuffs - two sectors in which North Sea Port is standing strong. The port of Quebec in its turn wishes to further develop its position in the region as a supply and removal port for bulk goods. Moreover, Quebec wants to examine the development possibilities for cars and containers. 

Realise more cargo

Both ports have strong ambitions. They want to realise more cargo between Quebec and North Sea Port for cereals and crops (wheat, maize, coleseed and rapeseed), fertilizers, ores and minerals, wood and food. This can be done by exchanging information on local companies, by promoting meetings between companies from both regions and by participating in local fairs and events. Both ports will also exchange knowledge on port management, energy management, cooperation models with the city, the development of shortsea lines and setting up a network of medium-sized ports. 

Canada is fifth biggest trading partner

Between Canada and North Sea Port there already exists a strong economic basis. Canada is the fifth biggest trading partner with a total cargo traffic in 2017 of 3.9 million tonnes (3.5 on import and 0.4 on export). As an easterly located port in Canada, Quebec – and consequently also its hinterland region – can easily be reached for North Sea Port. And, the reverse, via North Sea Port, Quebec can have easy access to the European hinterland. Moreover, in recent times the CETA trade treaty between the European Union and Canada has been concluded, which can strengthen the agreement even more.