Category Archives: Industry News

Hamilton Container Terminal services aim to change the game for container drop-off, pick-up, flexi-bag and fumigation

The Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT) opened for business in 2018, filling a critical need in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area transportation network. Since then, HCT has been steadily growing its business, adding new customers, partners and services.

Located at Pier 15, the new terminal has been improving delivery times and streamlining truck traffic within the GTHA, reducing the need to travel to Brampton or other depots to pick up or drop off containers. This new facility has been a game changer for customers throughout the western Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara regions, who are saving logistics time and money.

Based on its early success, HCT has expanded the range of services offered. These include drayage, container inspection, maintenance and repair. A new weigh scale was installed in the summer of 2018, and a new rail siding will be introduced as part of the port’s Westport Modernization project, providing better modal choice for terminal users.

HCT has also established relationships with major shipping lines and container leasing companies that set the stage for more handling and storage of loaded containers. Due to its location, HCT is an ideal terminal for cargo routed via Port of NY-NJ and Philadelphia serving Ontario importers and exporters. “HCT can offer a very cost competitive alternative in the region for loaded container storage, including special equipment.”

Areas where HCT sees a great deal of opportunity is in flexi-bag services as well as fumigation which is mandatory for all cargoes moving to Australia and New Zealand.

HCT has been CFIA-certified for fumigation.

For more information about the Hamilton Container Terminal, click here.

WayPay Acquired By Royal Bank Of Canada

One of CIFFA’s newest Associate Members, WayPay, has just completed an acquisition by RBC.  This acquisition further strengthens WayPay’s industry leading payments software and will continue to allow CIFFA members to save both time and money when making international payments.

CIFFA Members can continue to take advantage of WayPay’s strong value proposition and may connect their preferred bank account.

They do not need  to be customers of RBC to use WayPay.  You can read more about WayPay’s acquisition HERE. To learn more about WayPay click HERE.

Blockchain In Transport Alliance (BiTA) initiative to support modernizing the bill of lading for the future of transportation

The Blockchain In Transport Alliance (BiTA) has elected Richard Greening, Global Director of Technology for The DDC Group and its freight-focused division DDC FPO, to serve as Co-Chair of the alliance’s Bill Of Lading (BOL) Working Group.

The group was established by the standards development side of BiTA, referred to as “BiTA-S,” with the mission to create a modern definition of “bill of lading” and an associated data structure specification that can be leveraged across all transport modes for supply chain stakeholders. Its participants are made up of subject matter experts from BiTA-member companies representing trucking (LTL and TL), rail, sea and air.

Greening joins the BITA-S group with a combination of technical expertise and deep industry knowledge in logistics and supply chain.  With his original background in air freight, Greening has developed and deployed systems for freighter networks, freight forwarders, airside ground handling facilities and bonded warehouses.

Greening’s first matter of business to the elected position is to ensure the group hits its component milestones and is in a position to support all freight sectors.

“As we have been working through the attributes and relationships needed for this standard, it has been very enjoyable hearing examples of scenarios and potential challenges in other freight sectors and discussing what these could be in the future,” explained Greening. “We need to ensure we set a good example for other groups to follow.”