Feds to help fund new inspection site at port of Halifax

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Together, the Port of Halifax and the federal government are providing $15 million to create a new container examination facility at the port.

The new facility will replace the existing off-site facility, significantly reducing inspection turn-around times, reducing congestion, and improving operations for the Canada Border Services Agency.

“This important investment in the Port of Halifax facilitates increased trade by improving the flow of container cargo to and from the container terminals and the new marine container examination facility,” said Allan Gray, president and CEO, Halifax Port Authority.

“This will help to improve the port’s ability to safely and efficiently grow trade through our international gateway in a sustainable manner.”

The federal government will invest $7 million in the project under the National Trade Corridors Fund and Halifax Port Authority will contribute $8 million.

This facility will improve container production rates while decreasing wait times for designated container inspections. By putting the inspection site on the port’s lands,  container truck traffic and pollution in downtown Halifax will be reduced.

As announced in 2017, the National Trade Corridors Fund is investing $2.3 billion over 11 years in projects that strengthen the efficiency and resilience of the transportation system.

This investment follows the port’s announcement in January that it will be expanding the available land at the port to handle construction debris, specifically pyritic slate, generated from construction projects in downtown Halifax. This project will mean the filling in of four general cargo ship berths.