The Port of Hamilton is critical infrastructure for Ontario’s agri-food industry. In the space of fewer than 10 years, the port has emerged as an essential link in the region’s agricultural economy
The Port of Hamilton is critical infrastructure for Ontario’s agri-food industry. In the space of fewer than 10 years, the port has emerged as an essential link in the region’s agricultural economy. This rapid transition has seen the port shift from its role as primarily a steel port to a much more diversified range of sectors. The agri-food sector has outpaced all others in this growth.
Over the last few years, agricultural cargo has grown as a proportion of the port’s total tonnage, from 9% (815,000MT) in 2008, to 20% (2 million MT) in 2014.
The Port of Hamilton is home to three grain export terminals, facilitating the export of Ontario-produced corn, wheat and soybeans to markets around the globe:
- Richardson International
- Parrish & Heimbecker
Soybeans and canola are also purchased from Ontario producers for crushing at Bunge’s oilseed crush facility at the Port of Hamilton, for use in domestic food products.
Other agri-food facilities at the Port of Hamilton:
- Sucrocan (sugar refining)
- Arts & Science (brewing)
- Vopak (bulk food oils storage and distribution)
- Westway Terminals (bulk food oils storage and distribution)
- TTL (bulk food oils transport)
- Fluke Transport (food-grade warehousing & transportation)
- Sylvite (crop inputs)
- Agrico (crop inputs)
More than $50 million in agri-food –related investment has been made at the Port of Hamilton in less than a decade. These terminal investments are part of a growing agri-food cluster in Hamilton that generates $1.5 billion in economic activity each year.
Canadian producers are seeing steady growth in global demand for Canadian food products.
The Port of Hamilton offers agri-food exporters a highly valuable combination of location and transportation efficiency. The port is located on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway, is served by CN and CP railways, and offers direct highway access a short distance from the US border.