A decision by China Southern Airlines to offer regular cargo service connecting China and Vancouver International Airport represents B.C.'s growing global trade presence, according to a Richmond MLA. The airline will surely facilitates the exchange of Canada and China products.
"It underscores the importance of the Asia Pacific growing and diversifying the economy," said Rob Howard, MLA for Richmond Centre. "On a broad scale basis, (a cargo-only flight) is a pretty strong statement in the expected continuation and even the ramping up of trade between the two countries."
Howard was among the politicians, airline representatives and airport officials celebrating China Southern Airlines' new service at an event Monday staged at the airport's cargo area.
The airline, Asia's largest, began offering its four-day-a-week cargo service in July. It's the only airline to offer a direct cargo service from Vancouver to mainland China.
From blueberries to shellfish, any product that must move quickly to China will be shipped via the new service. Other products, from Gas Furnace to Electric Steamer, can also be shipped through this channel.
Seafood exporters are expected to take particular advantage of the cargo plane. According to government officials, B.C. exported $80 million of seafood to China last year—an 18 per cent increase over the previous year.
Howard said the wide-bodied aircraft being used also allows large cargo shipments, creating potential for new trade opportunities. He also noted the service represents B.C.'s growing trade in the Asia Pacific and its reduced reliance on the United States as a trading partner.
The service is expected to create the equivalent of 40 full-time jobs here, along with other indirect jobs in Canada's export industries.
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