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Port of Toronto moved more than 2.2M metric tonnes of cargo in 2021

190 cargo vessels visited the Port of Toronto in 2021, delivering a range of bulk, project and general cargo products totalling 2,295,815 metric tonnes – a 4 per cent increase from 2020. 

February 23, 2022   by CM Staff

The MV Algoma Discovery docks at the Port of Toronto. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)

TORONTO — Imports of cement, steel, sugar and salt moving through the Port of Toronto and directly into the  city in 2021 surpassed 2.2 million metric tonnes for the 5th consecutive year, according to a statement from Port of Toronto.

Overall, 190 cargo vessels visited the Port of Toronto in 2021, delivering a range of bulk, project and general cargo products totalling 2,295,815 metric tonnes – a 4 per cent increase from 2020.

Port of Toronto also reported moving construction materials including steel coils and rebar, cement and aggregate. In 2021, the port recorded cement cargo and steel imports of more than 734,000 metric tonnes of cement and 185,000 metric tonnes of steel transiting through the port to construction sites throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Aggregate tonnage rose to 215,232 metric tonnes moving through the port to supply various land erosion projects led by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. In addition to importing 572,683 metric tonnes of sugar from Central and South America to support Toronto’s food and beverage industry, the port moved 583,425 metric tonnes of salt and saw 4,365 metric tonnes of container services tonnage – a 15 per cent increase over 2020 for container services.

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“While the Port of Toronto will continue to play an essential role in our national supply chain in 2022, it will also play an important role supporting Toronto’s tourism sector as we anticipate hosting a record 37 cruise ships in 2022, including a number of new cruise ships designed for expedition cruising on the Great Lakes,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto in a statement.