November 1, 2016, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Halifax Port Authority applauds the efforts of the Government of Canada and the European Union in signing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, more widely known as CETA. “The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union is a landmark deal that will increase trade opportunities,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “The Government of Canada and European Union countries deserve recognition for their dedication in reaching this historic agreement.
“We see growth opportunities for Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canadian exports to Europe in both containerized and non-containerized project cargo,” continued Oldfield. “Among the early winners identified are fish and seafood, agricultural products, and manufacturing. Atlantic seafood is known the world over for its high quality; this is a positive development for our entire seafood industry in Atlantic Canada, from the boat captains and deckhands in places like Yarmouth and Sheet Harbour to the global industry leaders who base their operations here in Nova Scotia.”
The Port of Halifax, with ultra-vessel infrastructure, is Canada’s closest full service gateway port to Europe. Including Britain, European markets account for 38% of total containerized cargo throughput. The Port of Halifax has the capacity, the infrastructure and the dedicated workforce required to facilitate the increase in trade this historic agreement will bring.