Since 1793, the Port of Toronto has served as Toronto's gateway for cargo received from markets around the world. Today, the port's unique location just minutes from Toronto's downtown allows millions of tonnes of goods from countries as far away as Brazil, Japan, Turkey, Korea and the United States to easily flow into our city.
Commodities brought into the port by ship serve multiple uses that have a direct impact on our daily lives, including the salt used to keep our roads safe each winter, the sugar with which we sweeten our coffee and the cement used to construct the buildings in which we live.
Shipping cargo through the Port of Toronto takes an average of 40,000 40-tonne trucks off Toronto's busy highways each year. One tonne of freight can travel 240 km by ship on a single litre of fuel. The same amount of cargo can only travel 100 km by train and less than 30 km by truck on the same amount of fuel.
*Map not to scale and for graphic representation only.