London, Ontario approved as international air cargo transshipment hub

by Canadian Shipper

OTTAWA, Ont.– Federal Transport Minister John Baird announced that London International Airport has been approved to participate in the international air cargo transshipment program.

The program allows international air cargo to be moved through the airport for shipment to third countries, enabling the airport to seek new market opportunities and further develop its air cargo activity.

“Our government is pleased to have the international air cargo transshipment program in place,” said Minister Baird.

“The London International Airport now has an additional tool to help develop its air cargo business, which will benefit South Western Ontario and help invigorate the Canadian market in this time of economic uncertainty.”

The international air cargo transshipment program allows air cargo to be moved through Canada for shipment to third countries. For example, cargo could be flown from the United States into London, Ontario, stored temporarily, and then flown to a European destination.

Similarly, international air cargo could also arrive from overseas and then be shipped by rail or road from London to the United States. The program enables the Canadian Transportation Agency to authorize any Canadian or foreign air carrier to use London International Airport to transship international air cargo, even if these rights are not provided in Canada’s bilateral air transport agreements. In addition, air carriers will be able to combine such cargo transshipments with other services for which they may be licensed.

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