More than one hundred companies have given their support to the development of Laurentia, the Port of Québec’s deep-water container terminal project, which will create a new economical supply chain for Quebec and eastern Canadian importers and exporters, enabling them to gain efficient access to international markets in Asia and Europe.
The Quebec Container Terminal, operated by Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and Canadian National (CN), will open in early 2024 and provide shippers with improved access to traditional markets in Europe and the Mediterranean as well growing markets in Southeast Asia.
In addition to becoming the most environmentally and technologically advanced facility in North America, the terminal will offer import-export companies faster transportation times and more competitive rates than those currently offered by other ports on the east coast of the United States operating in the deep-water seaport and large container ship markets.
HPH, the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of 52 ports spanning 27 countries, and CN, an established transportation network providing access to the heart of North American industry, are making a stake, together with the Port of Québec, on Québec City becoming a new intermodal and transportation hub through the establishment of a new supply chain. The location of the port and the container terminal in Québec City offers critical responses to changing trends taking place in today’s shipping industry. The Laurentia Project includes a wharf with a 15-metre water depth, capacity to accommodate 13,000-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container ships and a direct connection to a high-performance rail transportation network that can reach one hundred million North American consumers.
“As a food logistics solution provider designed to meet the needs of the food and the retail industries, Congebec must be able to count on a solid, efficient and reliable supply chain to conduct its commercial operations. By bringing together all these factors, Laurentia proves to be a solution of choice in proximity to our company that will allow us to achieve significant economies of scale.”
—Nicholas-P. Pedneault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Congebec
The Association québécoise de l’industrie de la pêche (AQIP) has 54 members, including 32 industrial and 22 associate members, and represents more than 90% of the marine product volume processed in Quebec. AQIP members are engaged with several international markets, particularly in Asia. Laurentia will save our businesses significant amounts of transportation time and improve the competitiveness of our businesses.”
—Bill Sheehan, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Association québécoise de l’industrie de la pêche
“As a result of looking toward international markets, Breton Tradition 1944 Inc. and its subsidiaries, the North American leader in the production of natural and organic pork, have commercial relationships with companies around the world. This new maritime infrastructure will allow companies like ours to take full advantage of an improved and competitive intermodal transportation chain.”
—Vincent Breton, President & CEO, Breton Tradition 1944
“Resolute’s long-term export activities rely on a modern and cost-efficient supply chain. International markets are extremely competitive, and the Québec City container terminal will provide exporters as well as consumers access to bigger ships and trains to create major gains in efficiency.”
—Karen Roach, Vice President of Pulp & Paper Business Optimization, Resolute Forest Products