March 11, 2009

Halifax and Memphis look to strengthen cargo connection

MEMPHIS TN – March 11, 2009 Product leaving Halifax, Nova Scotia will have easier and faster access to southern U.S. markets as stronger cargo links are built between Halifax and Memphis, Tennessee.

Officials from the two cities have signed an agreement to jointly pursue mutually beneficial cargo connections.  Halifax was represented by Stephen Dempsey, Chair of the Halifax Gateway Council, while Arnold Perl, Chairman of the Memphis Regional Logistics Council signed on behalf of Memphis. This agreement was also endorsed by Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly and Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton.

“This partnership is about building relationships, but the agreement also means we need to be ready sell the Gateway business case” said Stephen Dempsey, Chair of the Halifax Gateway Council. 

Arnold Perl, Chairman of the Memphis Regional Logistics Council and Partner in the law firm of Ford and Harrison LLP “noted Memphis is literally connected by CN rail to both coasts of Canada through Prince Rupert, BC on the West and Halifax, Nova Scotia on the East – these trading relationships will only enhance our competitive positioning.”

Tom Ruth, President and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority stated, “Memphis has 100 million – plus square feet of warehouse space. It is the largest air cargo hub in North America and is home to the air cargo giant FedEx - a key customer at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Our key strategic relationship with Memphis will benefit our Gateway in many ways.”

The Halifax Gateway Council (HGC) is a not for profit organization with a mandate to work collaboratively to increase growth in air cargo, air passengers, port cargo, and cruise passengers.  The Halifax Gateway has an overall economic impact of over $1Billion.

The Memphis Regional Logistics Council was formed by the Greater Memphis Chamber to strengthen and grow the existing logistics business through a regional approach which includes West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi.

For more information:

Nancy Phillips
Halifax Gateway Council
cell: 902-476-4498