The Voice of the Independent
September 11, 2023
Cargo owners have also looked in inland ports to avoid seeing their cargo stuck at ocean gateways. Two years ago, retail chain Canadian Tire acquired a 25 per cent stake in Ashcroft Terminal, in inland port about 300km from Vancouver , served by both Canadian Class 1 railways.
In recent years, inland ports have come to be viewed as relief valves for container ports to free-up space on their congested docks, but this does not necessarily result in shorter delivery windows to consignees.
“During the pandemic some clients pulled freight from the gateways rather than inland ports to get their cargo earlier” noted Paul Brashier, vice president of drayage and intermodal at ITS Logistics.
Both he (Bob Imbriani) and Brashier have noticed an increase in the use of inland ports as congestion eased and consignees found themselves inundated with inventory.
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