Trilateral free trade deal extends hiring spree at Port of Montreal

Trilateral free trade deal extends hiring spree at Port of Montreal
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MONTREAL — The Port of Montreal is taking on 50 new workers by 2019, a move that the association representing port employers says was prompted by the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal.

The Maritime Employers Association president Stephane Morency says the trilateral accord — unveiled last week and set to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement — provides predictability and clears the decks for greater container traffic.

The new positions come on top of 65 jobs that were announced last month following increased trade with the European Union one year into its free trade deal with Canada.

Morency says the surge in dock activity already underway stems partly from food and metal imports from Europe that range from wine and cheese to steel girders.

According to the port, container traffic ramped up by 9.5 per cent in the first eight months of 2018 compared with the same period a year earlier.

The Montreal Port Authority says about $41 billion worth of goods move through the Port of Montreal each year.

The Canadian Press

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