Container Service Begins in New Hamilton Rail Terminal

By GLSR Staff  |  Cargo & Commodities, Latest News, Ports & Terminals
Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT), in collaboration with Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports), and Canadian National Railway (CN), have created a direct intermodal rail service between Hamilton, ON and Montreal, QC. The inaugural Hamilton-Montreal intermodal freight train, carrying export-bound shipping containers, successfully completed its journey in mid-January and will transition into a regular weekly service. The partners expect to gradually increase volumes through the new terminal, pending Canadian Border Services Agency approval for bonded movements. 

The new rail transload terminal is at Pier 18 on Hamilton’s Bayfront, operated by the Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT). The partners aim to use the new terminal to increase supply chain capacity in southern Ontario, reduce truck movements and emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). With approximately 20 percent southern Ontario-bound containers from Canadian ports destined for the Hamilton region, businesses can now take advantage of a cost effective alternative closer to home. The improvement in GHG emissions is accompanied by a significant reduction in complexity, logistics, and cost, assisting GTHA exporters’ competitiveness on the global stage. 

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