Port Alberta


Port Alberta is the regional inland port where air, rail, pipelines, roadways converge with favorable regulations, and incentives to create a regional manufacturing, cargo, and logistics hub. Port Alberta unites infrastructure and logistic efficiencies to support inbound and outbound cargo with the specific advantages of a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) designation.

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  • AIR

    The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is Canada’s most northern and largest airport by area. It has been tagged as Canada’s innovation airport. EIA is open 24 hours a day, with no operational restrictions moving 8.2 million passengers and 43,000 tons of cargo in 2018.
    The airport’s specialized cargo cluster development, Cargo Village, has 8 integrated courier/freight carriers, 3 independent cargo handlers, 40 freight forwarders and customs brokers, and 6 cargo terminals. The airport is currently undergoing a $36 million cargo expansion.

    EIA is the first Canadian airport to receive CEIV certification for its expertise in the safe handling of temperature-sensitive cargo such as food products and pharmaceuticals.
    EIA has international partnerships with Air China, Korean Air, Icelandair, Air France-KLM, and it is Canada’s closest major airport to Asia by circumpolar routes. The airport is a northern hub, connecting Northern Canadian communities and territories to Alberta, Canada, and worldwide.

  • RAIL

    There are 16 rail intermodal and storage facilities in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. These facilities are operated by Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) ‚ the two top freight transportation players in Canada. CN and CP operate 7,000 miles of track in Alberta, connecting the region to 8 Canadian provinces, 16 U.S. states, and Mexico. CN operates regional facilities for automotive distribution and bulk handling as well as metal and forest product distribution centres. Over 58 million tons of commodities were moved by rail from Alberta to other North American regions in 2016.

    Canadian National’s Walker Yard in Edmonton is one of the largest rail yards in Canada, spanning 50 blocks and connecting the region to Fort McMurray.

  • Credit: Prince Rupert Port Authority


    The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is linked to major ports on Canada’s West Coast by rail, including the Port of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

    Port of Vancouver
    This is Canada’s largest and most diversified port. The port handles $1 of every $3 of Canada’s trade in goods outside North America. Its connection to the Port of Prince Rupert, which is one of North America’s fastest-growing Ports, is a strategic advantage.

    The Port of Prince Rupert
    Prince Rupert is the deepest port in North America and the closest to Asia. It provides access to over 170 countries. Shipping from the Port of Prince Rupert can shave up to 4 days shipping to key Asian markets. The Port of Prince Rupert is 23 hours closer to Shanghai than Vancouver and 69 hours closer to Shanghai than Los Angeles. It’s known as Canada’s fastest-growing trade gateway.

    Photo Credit: Prince Rupert Port Authority

  • ROAD

    Complex and well-built road networks weave throughout the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

    • The Anthony Henday Drive circles the city of Edmonton, linking the region to highways 2, 16, and the airport, easing the connection of regional businesses.
    • The region is located along the CANAMEX trade corridor. This series of highways link Canada to the United States and Mexico, representing $3.95 billion in trade.
    • The Trans-Canada Highway runs through the region, spanning 7,821 km across Canada.

    The Edmonton Metropolitan Region serves as a hub for the provincial pipeline system, helping deliver oil, gas, and hydrocarbon products throughout North America. Alberta’s pipeline network stretches 373,000 km and has a takeaway capacity of 2.2 million barrels per day.

    The Edmonton region includes 50 km of hydrogen pipelines with plans for more to support the emerging hydrogen economy. Primary oil and gas are piped from Canada’s oilsands into the region, where it flows to other locations or is used as feedstocks for the local petrochemical industry before export.

Foreign Trade Zones and the Regional FTZ

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is a designated National Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). Within the regional FTZ, investors are eligible for duty and tax relief and other government programs that allow companies to improve their cash flow, reduce their operating expenses, and improve efficiency in getting their products to market.

Combining the Edmonton region’s logistics infrastructure with its designation as a FTZ, creates a unique and marketable advantage for both international investors and local businesses, both of whom are able to bring unfinished goods into the region, complete some value-added manufacturing and convert these goods into ‘made in Canada’ products.

The following is a brief overview of the benefits and qualifications for the FTZ programs
Duties Relief Program
Upfront relief of duties
Goods must be exported within four years
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Drawback Program  
Refunds duties for exported goods
Good must have been exported within four years
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Customs Bonded Warehouse
Defers/relieves duties and taxes
Goods must not be substantially altered
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Export Distribution Centre Program
Upfront relief of GST/HST on certain imports and domestic purchases
Must be export-oriented commercial entity that adds only limited value to goods
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The Exporters of Processing Services Program
Upfront relief of GST/HST on certain imports
Goods must belong to non-resident and be re-exported after being processed
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  • Investor Benefits

    • No heavy paper burden
    • No geographic restriction – accessible regardless of location
    • Improved cash flow
    • Reduced operating expenses
    • Increased international competitiveness
    • Access global markets and more than 1.5 billion consumers through Canada’s trade agreements
    • Investors who choose Canada will have the advantage of importing advanced machinery and equipment into Canada free of import duties. This reduces the import cost of advanced machinery and equipment.

Trade agreements

Canada has a total of 14 trade agreements with 51 different countries, opening access to 1.5 billion people and a combined GDP of $49.3 trillion USD. That’s half of global GDP.

CPTPP – Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a trade agreement among 11 nations, representing 495 million people and 13.5% of global GDP.

CUSMA – Canada – United States – Mexico Agreement

On July 1, 2020, the new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) entered into force. CUSMA preserves key elements of the long-lasting trading relationship NAFTA and incorporate new and updated provisions that seek to address 21st-century trade issues and promote opportunities for the nearly half a billion people who call North America home.

CETA – Comprehensive Economic Trade Agrement

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union has led to the elimination of 99% of tariffs with the EU.


First generation newcomers make up 23% of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s population, creating diverse, welcoming and vibrant communities and workplaces.

Canada’s robust immigration system reflects the need to meet Canada’s demographic and labour market demands. People from around the world have made the Edmonton Metropolitan Region their home, bringing unique talents and expertise to our growing economy.

Canada’s Global Skills Strategy makes it easier for businesses to attract the talent needed to succeed in the global marketplace. Part of this strategy, the Global Talent Stream allows employers to bring top international talent to Canada quickly. Eligible foreign workers with employer-approved applications can receive work permits within two weeks.

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