In an effort to create jobs and boost regional economic growth, the Canadian government recently announced a $19.9 million grant for the Windsor International Airport in Ontario. According to a recent article in Air Cargo World, these improvements will include the construction of a multi-modal cargo terminal.
This project is a follow up to a 2009 study conducted by Lufthansa Consulting. The study found that the airport generated large amounts of cargo, but did not have the capacity to process it all in a timely manner. To experience growth, the study recommended that the airport invest in expansion.
"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians," Gary Goodyear, minister of state for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, said in a statement. "By investing in research for faster, safer ways to move goods and people across international borders, our government is not only helping to create high-quality jobs in Windsor, but we are also positioning this region to be a leader in the increasingly important field of border logistics and security."
The grant will also support a facility that will support testing for new logistics technology in a real-world setting.
One piece of technology that should be considered is a proof of condition services like CargoSnapshot. Users of this service can take individual pictures of each piece of cargo throughout a journey. By storing them in the cloud where they can easily be retrieved, users have the pictures available to serve as evidence that the cargo was handled properly.