Western Transportation Projects Inventory: A comprehensive list of major transportation infrastructure projects impacting freight moving in, to and from Western Canada


This WESTAC Briefing has been prepared as a service to WESTAC members. It is intended to provide a summary of the main elements of the new regulatory framework for container trucking in the Vancouver area (“Lower Mainland”).


Trade policy should recognize that we live in a world of globally integrated production and there are very few products that are wholly Canadian anymore (or wholly from any one nation).

Tags : Trade

Beyond the Border is a declaration signed by the leaders of Canada and the U.S. in February 2011. It called for an Action Plan to work jointly on a perimeter approach to security and economic competitiveness to improve the legitimate flow of people, goods…

Tags : Trade

Airships: A Game-Changer

December 01, 2011 | Category: Briefings

Airships are being described as the next “game-changer” in transportation, much as the steam railway and ISO sea container were in earlier times. The specific game changer that is expected to generate broad acceptance is the military airship, as several p…


The 6th Annual Canada Maritime Conference presented a panel on Key Performance Indicators Across the Supply Chain. There is an acknowledged and growing need for good data in the form of service quality parameters and measurable performance standards.


At the 11th Annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference in early March in Long Beach, CA, some 1700 delegates gathered to hear the state of container shipping and trade. Tan Hua Joo, Executive Consultant with Alphaliner, delivered an interesting presentation…

Tags : Capacity

There has been much debate about the impact of the Panama Canal expansion project on global trade patterns and on port traffic in North America. Some view the expansion will have a significant negative impact on West Coast ports in North America.


Carbon Reduction Strategies

October 01, 2009 | Category: Briefings

There are two major market-based policy options available to governments looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions1: carbon tax, and cap-and-trade.

Tags : Environment

BC's Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

August 01, 2009 | Category: Briefings

Beginning on July 1, 2010, BC will introduce a Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). The HST combines the GST and PST into a single, value-added sales tax. What does this mean for transportation?

Tags : Policy, Economy