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42 Journal of Commerce | July 3, 2023 www.joc.com Beyond the Docks: From Inland Ports to Transloading Special Report with direct rail service all located inside CN's Calgary Logistics Park." The project is the latest in a series of steps that both CN and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have taken to address the imbalance between domestic and international intermodal compared with their US rivals. Transloading is already a thriving business in California, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina and Texas, and companies such as BNSF Railway and J.B. Hunt Trans- port Services are investing in future growth on the West Coast. Transloading has been slower to develop in Canada, however. Across the US, about one-half of all inter- modal loads travel in 53-foot domes- tic containers, while the number is about one-quarter in Canada, according to the Intermodal Associa- tion of North America (IANA). In the first two months of 2023, more than 59% of all intermodal cargo origi- nating in the US Southwest and 56% originating in the Northeast traveled bi-directional, transferring imports into 53-foot domestic containers, as well as shifting export cargo from 53-foot containers into 40-foot ocean boxes. "This new facility will provide value to our customers and the regional economy by leveraging CN's robust network and two options to Asian markets via the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert," Dan Bresolin, CN's vice president of inter- modal, said in a statement in March. "This facility will serve both import- ers to central Canada and the US Mid- west, as well as Canadian exporters TWO PRIVATE COMPANIES will develop a new transloading facility on land in Calgary acquired from Canadian National Railway (CN), the latest in recent efforts to transfer more inter- national cargo into domestic con- tainers for the inland flow of goods through Canada and into the US. Trealmont Transport and Kap- tan US will construct the Calgary transload facility, which is due to open near the end of 2024, and will handle ocean cargo moving through the Western Canadian ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. The transload facility would be Alberta buildout Canadian National to boost transloading with new Calgary facility By Ari Ashe The Calgary transload facility will transfer cargo from ocean containers to domestic boxes and vice versa. Labrynthe / Shutterstock.com

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