Photo: Port of Montreal
HAROPA (gathering under one banner the ports of Le Havre, Rouen, and Paris) and the Port of Montreal have singed a co-op agreement.
The main objective of the partnership is to strengthen and extend cooperation on various technical, sales, and research/innovation issues, as well as to develop synergies between the involved ports in the light of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada which will enter into force on September 21st.
Specifically, HAROPA and the Montreal port will work on inter-port governance (e.g. pilotage and dredging, river resource management, social acceptability of port projects); sales and promotion (organising joint business meetings, setting up B2B social media platforms); as well as on innovation (the use of Artificial Intelligence and blockchain in the logistics supply chain).
"As the leading French port system, HAROPA is very pleased about this agreement with Montreal which is, to-date, our major trade partner in Canada and our 2nd largest partner on the East-American coast. Through the experience acquired via about 30 twinning and cooperation agreements we have signed, we know all the synergy which will be set up with Montreal and the benefits for our two ports," Hervé Martel, President, HAROPA, said.
Sylvie Vachon, Chairwoman and CEO, Montreal Port Authority, added, "Already about 40% of the goods going through the Port of Montreal come from or go to Northern Europe. The global economic and trade agreement between Canada and the European Union will strengthen these trade bonds and create a new favourable business environment to the growth of our trade and the structuring effects that will follow from that in our respective economies. This memorandum of understanding between HAROPA and the Montreal port Authority is signed at a significant and historic time."