Canada Shipping Report

Published 13 July 2015

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Canada Shipping Report

BMI View: In 2015, we anticipate a somewhat mixed bag in terms of performance across Canada ' s main ports. Leading the way in terms of y-o-y tonnage growth is set to be the Port of Montreal with growth of 5.66% pencilled in. In the box sphere, the Port of Prince Rupert is set to be the outperforme r with very impressive growth of 36.24%, although the port does start from a lower base than the ports of Vancouver and Montreal. Lower oil prices are set to curtail export growth in Canada in 2015, which will hold back the country's shipping industry somewhat, but manufactured goods exports will increasingly pick up the slack, ensuring a secular decline of the current account shortfall.

Major currency depreciation and the resurgence of US demand will continue to drive a narrowing of Canada's current account deficit in 2015 and 2016, while simultaneously providing a welcome boost to the Canadian shipping industry due to the US' place as by far Canada's top export partner. Moreover, while the value of Canadian crude oil exports will be substantially lower than in 2014 as a result of the sharp drop in oil prices, this will be partly offset by exchange rate weakness, which will improve competitiveness in other exports, opening up potential new avenues for Canadian shippers.

Headline Industry Data

  • Port Metro Vancouver tonnage throughput is forecast to grow 5.50% in 2015. We project throughput to reach 147.31mn tonnes by the end of 2015.

  • Port Metro Vancouver container throughput is forecast to increase by 11.40% to reach 3.25mn twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2015.

  • Port of Montreal tonnage throughput is forecast to increase by 5.66% to reach 32.17mn tonnes in 2015.

  • Port of Montreal box throughput is forecast to grow by 3.86% to reach 1.46mn TEUs.

Key Industry Trends

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BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Port Metro Vancouver Throughput
Port Of Montreal Throughput
Table: Major Ports Data (Canada 2012-2019)
Table: Trade Overview (Canada 2012-2019)
Table: Key Trade Indicators (Canada 2012-2019)
Table: Top Import Destinations, 2006-2013
Table: Top Export Destinations, 2006-2013
Market Overview
Company Profile
Shipping - Global Industry View
Three Container Routes To Watch In 2015
Global Company Strategy
Maersk Line
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Evergreen Line
COSCO Container Lines Company (COSCON)
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Economic Analysis
Table: Canada - Real GDP Growth Forecasts, %
Table: GDP By Expenditure (Canada 2012-2019)
Demographic Forecast
Demographic Outlook
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Canada 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Canada 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Canada 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Canada 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Canada 1990-2025)

The Canada Shipping Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data and BMI Research's independent forecasting, critically analysing international transport of dry bulk and containers. The report evaluates the global commodities and trade backdrop, alongside in-depth country-specific analysis of trade prospects. The report also contains company profiles covering leading multinational and national shipping companies and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Canada.

BMI's Canada Shipping Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the shipping industry in Canada.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent shipping industry forecasts for Canada to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Canadian shipping market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Canada through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
  • Exploit the latest competitive intelligence and company SWOTS on your competitors and peers including multinational and national companies.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering shipping, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the state's shipping sector, which carefully evaluates the short- and medium-term issues facing the industry.

Market Overview

Analysis of the capacity, terminals and planned development of the major ports in each country, including data on throughput and total tonnage.

Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and macroeconomic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Major port freight throughput (tonnes/teu); overall freight throughput (teu); total imports (US$bn) and exports (US$bn).

Company Profiles

Company profiles include business activities, leading products and services, company strategy, trends and developments and economic performance analysis.

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