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Ottawa invests in Halifax container examination facility

 The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, today announced an investment to build a new marine container examination facility within the Port of Halifax. The new facility will replace the existing off-site facility, significantly reducing inspection turn-around times, reducing Port congestion, and improving the efficiency, safety, security and operations for the Canada Border Services Agency.

The Government of Canada will invest $7 million in the project under the National Trade Corridors Fund and Halifax Port Authority will contribute $8 million, for a total investment of $15 million towards the project.

This facility will improve container production rates while decreasing wait times for designated container inspections. The project will allow continued growth for the Halifax Port Authority and increase supply chain effectiveness, which will enable Canadian businesses to compete and grow in international markets. Additional benefits include the reduction of container truck traffic and pollution in downtown Halifax.

Through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the Government of Canada is investing in well-functioning trade corridors to help Canadians compete in key global markets and trade more efficiently with international partners. (HPA photo)