France and Canada to cooperate more on trade and efficiency
Montreal Port Authority and HAROPA Ports have signed an international cooperation agreement to work more closely together to facilitate trade and improve efficiency.
The agreement among other things, includes inter-port alliances on approaches to river resource management, pilotage and dredging works service management and the social acceptability of port projects.
For HAROPA, Montreal is its second largest partner on the East-American coast. “Through the experience acquired via about thirty twinning and cooperation agreement we have signed, we know all the synergy which will be set up with Montreal and the benefits for our two ports,” said Hervé Martel, HAROPA president.
Sylvie Vachon, chairwoman and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, added: “Already about 40% of the goods going through the Port of Montreal come from or go to Northern Europe.”
“The global economic and trade agreement (AECG in French) between Canada and the European Union will strengthen these trade bonds and create a new favourable business environment to the growth of our trade.”
The agreement wants to share innovation which should lead to improvements in efficiency at both ports.
This includes exchange of best practices in drawing up and circulating the performance assessments of the port logistics chains, managing port fluidity (especially for trucks) and artificial intelligence applied to port logistics, including blockchain technology.
The agreement was signed at the Sister Ports Conferences which took place in Paris, Rouen and Le Havre, France, from 4 to 6 September 2017.