Canada is the second-largest nation in the world as to surface area, but has a relatively small populations of only 35.7 million (2014 estimate). Its ten provinces and three territories constitute a well-developed economic system and a stable political system that have helped Canada become one of the wealthiest nations on earth (9th highest per capita income and tenth highest total GDP). It is a member of many economic trade organizations such as the Commonwealth of Nations, NAFTA, the G8, the G10, the G20, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.
Since the early 1900's, Canada has grown in economic might from a colonial supply source to a fully-developed, urbanized, industrialized, independent nation. Despite these developments, agriculture, mining and logging nevertheless remain extremely important to the Canadian economy. Canada contains 13 percent of the world's oil reserves, the Athabasca oil sands being one of the biggest single deposits, and is an energy-exporting nation. Only Saudi Arabia and Venezuela have more oil than Canada.
With a majority of its population concentrated along the southern 100 miles of its territory, a top-notch transportation system is needed to ensure the easy availability of resources that are spread out across the whole nation. The sheer vastness of the terrain, even merely the most settled part of it, also calls for a first-rate infrastructure system- and such Canada has.
Over 1.4 million km (870,000 mi) of roadways traverse the nation. 17,000 km (11,000 mi) of that is expressway, more than any nation except the U.S. and China. There are within Canada's bounds 72,000 km (45,000 mi) of railroad, the Trans-Canada line forming a sort of "backbone" of the nation and having been historically the condition upon which British Columbia joined the union. Over 300 ports serve Canada's sea freight needs, the main installation being located on the Pacific (Port of Vancouver, the busiest in Canada), in the Great Lakes, in the St. Lawrence Seaway, and on the outer Atlantic. There are, however, also functioning ports on the Arctic and in Hudson Bay. Canada has over 300 airports, 10 of them international. The busiest of these are: Toronto Pearson, Vancouver International, Montréal Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and Calgary International.
If you are interested in shipping goods into or out of Canada, we have agents familiar with the local circumstances, terrain, infrastructure, and customs regulations who can help you achieve the fastest freight shipping speeds at the lowest possible price. Don't hesitate to contact us for assistance at optimizing all of your Canadian transportation projects.
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