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Commissioner Lidinsky’s statement on Third Update to the FMC Report U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving through Canadian and Mexican Seaports (2012)

Posted
July 10, 2015

Contact: Jewel M. Jennings-Wright, Counsel to Commissioner Lidinsky

Three years after the Study of U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving through Canadian and Mexican Seaports was published, the Office of Commissioner Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. announces the third annual update to the report.

“It is essential for the future growth of our international waterborne trade that U.S. ports and facilities are in top form to compete with our foreign neighbors who are attempting to service this U.S. cargo,” stated the Commissioner upon the release of the report.

The third update highlights the growth of Canadian and Mexican seaports, the expansion of cross-border rail aiding in the transshipment of cargo into the United States, as well as action taken in the U.S. Congress to aid and increase the competitiveness of U.S. ports. The report also examines the effect of recent severe U.S. port congestion on cargo diversion from the West Coast.

“As in our first report we are closely monitoring the growth of this cross-border trade,” Commissioner Lidinsky said, noting that the North American port with the highest rate of growth in 2014 is a Canadian one built to almost exclusively service U.S. markets.

2015 Update to the Study of U.S. Inland Containerized Cargo Moving through Canadian and Mexican Seaports (2012)