Transport Canada Invites Input on Maritime Trade with China

December 1, 2017

In 1997, Canada entered into a bilateral co-operation agreement with China to facilitate maritime trade between the two countries. Within the framework of the Agreement, Canada has met annually with Chinese counterparts from both the public and private sectors to strengthen co-operation in support of more efficient maritime transport and open access to harbours and ports. The next in-person engagement opportunity is scheduled to take place on January 16, 2018 in Kunming, China.

At this time, Transport Canada is identifying agenda items in collaboration with our Chinese hosts and would like to solicit your views. This meeting presents a unique opportunity for the Government of Canada and Canadian industry to learn more about Chinese intentions affecting maritime shipments to and from China, identify any issues related to those shipping services, and network with Chinese decision makers. It also provides an opportunity to highlight Canadian investments in our ports and infrastructure, determine areas for potential collaboration, and learn more about emerging investment opportunities and policy initiatives that may affect your operations. You are invited to identify topics or areas of engagement that would be of interest to you.   

You are also welcome to join the meeting, including any senior representatives of a branch office that you or a member of your association may have in China. Transport Canada is not in a position to cover your expenses, but you are encouraged to consider participating as a worthy investment.

Written responses are appreciated by December 13, 2017. Should you or your office have any questions or would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact Marc-Yves Bertin, Director General - Marine Policy, Transport Canada, or Jennifer Saxe, Director of International Marine Policy, who can be reached at and, respectively.

Source: CIFFA; Transport Canada


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