Nearly 2 million metric tons of cargo delivered through Port of Toronto in 2016

In 2016, the Port of Toronto moved 1,874,035 metric tons of cargo, marking another strong year for marine imports into the city and once again reaffirming the port’s position as a vital part of Toronto’s economic infrastructure.

In 2016, 159 ships visited the Port of Toronto, bringing sugar, road salt, cement and aggregate directly into the heart of the city. At 1.87 million metric tons, overall port tonnage was up more than 14 percent in 2016 with cement cargo reaching a 20-year high at more than 690,000 metric tons—representing a 17 percent increase from 2015. Stone, aggregate and sand cargo levels nearly tripled, totaling 166,207 metric tons, while salt imports increased by 4 percent. Sugar imports continued to be strong, with more than 515,000 metric tons of raw sugar delivered via the port.

In addition, seven passenger cruise ships carrying more than 2,400 passengers visited PortsToronto’s Cruise Ship Terminal last year. In 2017, this number is expected to rise sharply to 16 ships, bringing more than 5,500 visitors to Toronto from May through October.

“From the sugar we use to sweeten our coffee to the salt used on our roads to keep drivers safe during the winter months to the concrete used to support the city’s booming construction industry, it’s clear the goods delivered through Toronto’s port have a significant impact on industry in the city,” said Geoffrey Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto. “In 2016, the Port of Toronto continued to provide Canadian and international businesses with a convenient, sustainable and cost-effective way to bring goods into the heart of the city, underlining the importance of the port as a key contributor to Toronto’s transportation infrastructure and economic strength.”

In addition to the economic impact, increased imports through the port have a positive impact on the environment and traffic congestion, given that the nearly 2 million metric tons of cargo delivered by ship took approximately 47,000, 40-metric-ton trucks off Toronto’s already congested roads and highways. In fact, one metric ton of freight can travel 240 kilometers on a single liter of fuel by ship, whereas it can only travel 30 kilometers on the same amount of fuel by truck.

Maritime Editorial