Canadian exports can now fly direct to China
Aug. 30, 2011, Vancouver - B.C. and other Canadian exports are finding new markets for their products in China through the new China Southern Airlines (CSA) cargo service from Vancouver International Airport to Shanghai.
CSA chose Vancouver because of the great export potential through Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and already has steady business.
Since July 2011, CSA has been moving B.C. seafood and heavy equipment from across Canada four times a week. The new service will create the equivalent of about 40 full-time jobs in the airline industry and other indirect jobs in Canada's export industries.
The Honourable Ed Fast, Canada's Minister of International Trade and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and B.C.'s Minister of Agriculture Don McRae met with B.C. seafood exporters today who are reaching new customers through CSA at Vancouver International Airport.
This service is a major boost to Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway's air corridor, providing a vital service for high-value and time-sensitive Canadian goods that are in great demand in Asian markets. The Asia-Pacific Gateway air corridor's advantages are also increased by the elimination of B.C.'s aviation fuel tax and the Government of Canada's low tax policies. These are further examples of how federal and provincial governments are working together to attract jobs and economic growth that benefit B.C. and Canadian businesses, workers and their families.
Government and industry partners have committed $22 billion to expand and enhance port, rail, road and airport infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and that investment is paying off in attracting international businesses like CSA.