Transportation & Distribution

Grow Farther: Central Location

Parked at the intersection of key trade and transportation corridors heading in all directions, Winnipeg is home to CentrePort Canada. The only trimodal inland port in the country to provide foreign trade zone advantages, this 20,000-acre initiative expedites the movement of goods economically and efficiently to North American, Asian and European markets.

Winnipeg is the only major city between Thunder Bay and Vancouver with direct rail connections to the United States via three Class 1 carriers, and it also features rail access to the northern seaport of Churchill. The city boasts a celebrated airport—one of Canada’s most important airports for air cargo activity—and some of the country’s biggest trucking firms are headquartered here.

So whether you’re in the transportation industry or you just need to ship products fast, your business will grow farther in Winnipeg.

Vital Stats

There are more than 45,000 people employed in Winnipeg’s transportation and distribution sector, which is comprised of 5,800 business establishments active in warehousing and distribution; logistics; air, road, and rail transportation; and local transit and distribution. This highly skilled labour force is complemented by one of Canada’s leading supply chain management education programs offered at the University of Manitoba.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the congruence of U.S. and Canadian laws and regulations help firms effectively serve U.S. markets from Winnipeg.

As a foreign trade zone, CentrePort Canada offers duty deferral and goods and services tax (GST) exemption to qualifying businesses.  Customs duties normally paid on goods imported into Canada can be deferred or recovered. Goods can be imported to CentrePort Canada for processing, then re-exported outside of the country on a GST-free basis

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Geographic Advantages

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