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Port cargo haul strong, down from banner 2018

2019 saw nearly 575,000 metric tonnes of cargo arrive to the Port of Oshawa.

According to a news release from the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA), cargo coming into the harbour included finished steel, salt, fertilizer, asphalt and cement, just to name a few.

The bigger news last year for the port was the amalgamation with Hamilton’s organization.

“The amalgamation has been very successful, helping demonstrate that it makes sense for the marine sector to have a more prominent presence and voice in the region. We can attract more investment, and make bigger infrastructure improvements,” said Ian Hamilton, president and CEO of HOPA.
The cargo results for both ports were down slightly from 2018, a year Hamilton notes saw a combination of huge gains for Ontario grain crops, while global trade battles caused surges in movement of steel and agricultural commodities.

“We can do very little to influence international trade wars, and we can do even less about the weather,” noted Hamilton. “What we can do is make sure our ports are investing in trade-enabling infrastructure and expanding their capacity to handle more cargo.”

Hamilton said a highlight for Oshawa’s port in 2019 was a new $6 million grain terminal constructed by Sollio Agriculture and QSL.

Port officials said this allows Durham farmers to deliver their crop to an export facility within their own region, rather than trucking it across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.