08 September 2016
On September 20-21, Stig will take part in the Canadian Inland Ports Conference 2016 in Winnipeg, Canada. On Tuesday September 20th, Stig co-founder Arènso Bakker will contribute to a panel discussion on inland port development globally and compare the progress of inland ports in Europe, Mexico and the United States to those in Canada.
As sea ports continue to grow in size and capacity, inland ports are becoming an integral part of national port systems. They connect to the sea port through water, rail or road networks that can carry containers from ships to inland ports for distribution. The conference will review what Canadian inland ports can learn from other inland ports worldwide, as well as what role airports can play in inland port strategies.
Stig interviewed for article on inland ports
In a recent article on inland port development for trade and container shipping news website JOC.com, Bakker offers a perspective on the performance of Canadian inland ports, based on his expertise in developing inland ports in Europe and abroad:
“The land in inland ports is often cheaper, and there are fewer traffic jams and other problems,” because of the lower level of congestion. Thus, for some companies, “it is very attractive not to settle near a seaport, but to settle near an inland port; especially, if that inland port has strong transportation
connections to several seaports,” affording companies the opportunity to choose among them. “The seaports need inland ports, otherwise they don’t function and may inevitably find their growth constrained by land supply and/or congestion.”