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Mercator Provides Advisory Services to the Québec Port Authority for the Development of Project Laurentia with Hutchison Ports and CN Rail

Mercator Provides Advisory Services to the Québec Port Authority for the Development of Project Laurentia with Hutchison Ports and CN Rail

On May 28, 2019, the Québec Port Authority (QPA) announced a long-term commercial agreement with Hutchison Ports and the Canadian National Railway (CN) to build and operate a new deepwater container terminal known as Project Laurentia. Project Laurentia has a unique strategic location, with water depths that will allow Neo-Panamax container ships to deliver imports

Mike Petro joins Mercator International

Mike Petro joins Mercator International

Logistics industry veteran Mike Petro has joined Mercator International as Partner of the firm effective November 1.  Mike has extensive experience in the industry and has recently led several transportation related projects across various modes including ocean, rail, trucking and intermodal.  He will be responsible for expanding Mercator’s business in several key client sectors, including

Global container shipping stabilizes just as pitfalls deepen

With a collective $7 billion, 2017 was the first year the ocean carrier industry earned a profit in six years. However, industry optimism is facing a reality where risks such as slowing emerging market economies, trade wars, containership overcapacity, and rising bunker prices are expected to place financial burdens on container shipping companies. At a

US trade talks with China

As the US continues to negotiate more favorable terms of its trade policy, a first round of tariffs on China originally covering 818 tariff lines worth $34 billion of 2017 import value has escalated to $200 billion of Chinese goods, with a bigger wave of measures also in the pipeline. With the $200 billion round

A bright future for short line railroads

Many commodities depend on short lines for transportation between their origin/destination and the main tracks of the Class I railroads. Ocean carriers and terminal operators also rely on short lines to get freight in and out of the ports on a timely manner. Short lines are the critical link for the first or last mile