Manitoba's Strategic Advantages: Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor


Manitoba’s position at the heart of North America makes it a key part of the Mid-continent Trade Corridor, connecting Canada to a central North American market of 100 million people.

Mid Continent Trade Corridor Map

Located in the heart of North America, Manitoba has expedient access to all major North American markets, and equal access to all major North American seaports for global shipping. Major Canadian markets can be reached in 3 days or less by land and 3 hours or less by air.  The most distant US markets and seaports can be reached in 5 days by land and 6 hours by air.

Manitoba has:

  • Three rail links to the United States, with connections allowing shipment throughout North America

  • Rail yards able to handle over 5,500 cars per day, and intermodal terminals with capacity to process more than 200,000 containers per year

  • An estimated 1,000 for-hire motor carriers that operate interprovincially or internationally, with 2 of Canada’s 10 largest employers in for-hire trucking headquartered here. On average, about 900 trucks cross the Manitoba-U.S. border every day

  • A conveniently located 24-hour international airport, that serves as an important overnight cargo hub for FedEx, Purolator, UPS, and Cargojet Airlines. The international airport also includes a direct connection to Mexico via the Mid-Continent Trade Corridor.

Manitoba’s position at the heart of North America makes it a key part of the Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor, connecting Canada to a central North American market of 100 million people.

Through a system of connecting highways and rail routes, the Corridor provides seamless and efficient transportation linking major commercial centres in the Canadian and American Midwest, through the Southwest, and deep into Mexico.

Intermodal in nature, the Corridor allows cost-effective and safe movement of goods and people, minimizing both travel costs and time.

Manitoba trade with the US Corridor states alone (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas) was $15.7 billion in 2014 (Exports: $5.6 billion, Imports: $10.1 billion).

 

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