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Port of Toronto posts record 2018

In 2018, 178 ships visited the Port of Toronto

March 11, 2019

TORONTO – The Port of Toronto moved approximately 2.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2018 which represents another strong year in marine imports and further confirms the Port’s position as a vital part of Toronto’s economic infrastructure.

In 2018, 178 ships visited the Port of Toronto, bringing sugar, road salt, cement, aggregate and steel directly into the heart of the city. Overall the port moved 2,179,795  tonnes of cargo in 2018, surpassing the record-breaking year the port experienced in 2017. Further, this is the third year in the last five years that the Port of Toronto has moved more than two million metric tonnes of cargo.

In 2018, the port received steel products including rebar, merchant bar, steel plate and coils totalling 69,281 tonnes, representing the highest level of steel product moved through the port in 20 years. In addition, the port recorded 14,391 tonnes in warehousing storage, the highest level recorded since 2011. Cement cargo imports remained strong for another year at more than 610,400 tonnes, and stone, aggregate and sand cargo levels continued to increase, ending the year at 189,133 tonnes. Salt and sugar imports at 735,948 and 560,625 tonnes respectively remained consistent with 2017 tonnages.

“From the cement and steel used to build and enhance infrastructure across the Greater Toronto Area to the sugar used to support the food and beverage industry, the goods delivered through the Port of Toronto are part of an important supply chain that services many of the city’s key sectors. Additionally, the port’s cruise ship business continues to have a positive impact on tourism as more and more travellers are making their way through the Great Lakes and visiting Toronto,” said Geoffrey Wilson, PortsToronto CEO.

“The Port of Toronto continues to play a vital role in Toronto’s transportation infrastructure network by providing businesses with a convenient, sustainable and cost-effective way to bring goods, and people, into the heart of the city.”

The port also welcomed 17 passenger cruise ships carrying approximately 6,000 passengers in 2018, highlighting the importance of the ever-growing Great Lakes cruise ship business and the role it plays in contributing to Toronto’s booming tourism industry. The port is expecting this number to more than double this year with 35 cruise ships coming to Toronto in the summer and fall of 2019.

Since 1793, the Port of Toronto has served as Toronto’s gateway to the St. Lawrence Seaway and to marine ports around the world. Serving primarily as a bulk cargo destination, the port boasts a unique location minutes from Toronto’s downtown and moves goods from countries as far away as Germany, South Korea, China, Brazil, Australia, South America and the United States. In addition to managing the movement of ships through the harbour, PortsToronto is the owner and operator of Marine Terminals 51, 52 and the Cruise Ship Terminal within the Port of Toronto.

The Port of Toronto is one of Canada’s major inland ports and is situated on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario. For over 100 years, the Port of Toronto has been connecting Toronto to the world.