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Cargo services during times of change

Toronto Pearson normally processes 40% of Canada’s air cargo and is rated in the top 30 airports worldwide for cargo activity. The airport community is dedicating its cargo shipping expertise and resources to supporting Canadians throughout this time, both at home and on the frontlines.

As an important node in the network of global supply chain logistics, we facilitate the movement of a wide range of goods for consumers and businesses of all sizes. Whether it is highly perishable goods, time-critical medical supplies or repair components that keep industrial production in high-gear, Pearson is the critical link for air cargo in these changing times. We will continue to maintain Canada’s access to the material it needs to keep businesses open and to support economic stability and recovery.

Pearson’s dedicated cargo apron space makes it an ideal shipping point for global shippers looking for access to the Canadian—and North American—markets. From converted passenger liners to the Antonov AN-225, any size cargo freighter can be received here, keeping the global economy moving. The airport maintains 1.2 million square feet of on-airport warehouse space and 240 truck-loading doors, enabling streamlined access from the factory floor to the end-user’s facility.

Industry and Government Collaborating

On April 6, a virtual roundtable of Ontario's air cargo supply chain stakeholders was brought together by GTAA President & CEO Deborah Flint and Ontario Chamber of Commerce CEO Rocco Rossi. These stakeholders met with Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, describing the complexities and challenges of their role. By coming together, industry and government can work together to tackle the obstacles to a stronger, streamlined air cargo supply chain that keeps Ontario’s goods moving .

Regional trade infrastructure

Pearson is Canada’s largest international airport with dedicated apron space for cargo flights and direct access to two of the region’s most important trade-enabling infrastructure routes.

The airport is next door to Canadian National Railway’s largest intermodal facility in the country, giving shippers access to the only rail network that touches three coasts in North America.

Pearson is also immediately adjacent to Highway 401 (Macdonald-Cartier Freeway). This route connects shippers into the east-west Trans-Canada Highway and US Route I-75, with north-south access from Michigan to Florida.

Consumer Access

Shippers have immediate access to a massive consumer base as soon as they touchdown at Pearson.

  • 6 million residents and over 160,000 businesses immediately surround the airport and call the GTA home.
  • 130 million people live within a day’s drive of the airport—25% of all NAFTA trading bloc residents.

Cargo features

  • 240 truck-loading doors
  • 1.2 million square feet of on-airport warehouse space
  • 1 million metric tonnes of cargo processed annually
  • 5 runways to handle all aircraft types
  • 24/7 customs clearance

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