Transportation Situation and Outlook Conference set for May 12th

by Canadian Shipper

OTTAWA, Ont. — The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in North America (CILTNA) is holding its seventh Transportation Situation & Outlook Conference in Ottawa on Monday, May 12, 2008 at the Ottawa Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

World intermodal freight transport and in particular container trade patterns are rapidly evolving and impacting on the competitiveness of various components of the global and North American transportation system.

Container trade, which is the principal facilitator of international goods movement, has grown since 2000 by an average of 11% per year, faster than both the world economy and merchandise trade and is expected to experience steady growth during the next two decades. The increasing importance for the demand of containerized services, particularly from the Asian market contributed to traffic congestion along the major North American Pacific ports, their intermodal (rail & trucking) network connections (land bridge) as well as on the Panama Canal. This situation has prompted the Panama Canal Authority to expand its capacity. Meanwhile, shippers are considering a variety of trade routes to reach the North American markets through its Eastern and Gulf Coasts via an expanded Panama Canal and the Suez Canal.

The objective of the conference is to assess the impact of these events on present and future situation of the North American transportation system infrastructure services and security including the air freight sector. Eminent speakers will participate in this conference joining 200 international and North American transportation specialists, policy makers, executives, managers, and professionals in public and private organizations as well as academics involved in the multidisciplinary aspect of transportation and related industries.

Nick Mulder will be the conference Luncheon speaker. Nick a 30-year career with the public service until 1997served as the Economic Advisor to the Premier of New Brunswick and as the federal Deputy Minister of Supply and Services, of Employment and Immigration, of Environment, and of Transport. He is presently Senior Associate at Global Public Affairs. Mr. Mulder was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998 and has a Honourary Doctorate from the University of New Brunswick.

This is the first Canadian Transportation Outlook Conference to gather representatives from the three major World waterways, the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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