By the numbers
Continuous growth over 40 years

Since its invention by American Malcom McLean in 1956, the container has enjoyed widespread use throughout the world. Today, more than 550 million containers are transported internationally.

Volume of containers handled throughout the world

The industrialization of emerging economies has spurred the growth of containerized cargo transportation around the world. The Far East accounted for only 19.6% of the total number of containers handled in 1980; that figure increased to 38.4% in 2010. Meanwhile, Western Europe accounted for 30.3% of the total number of containers handed in 1980; that figure was 15.9% in 2010.

 

Volume of containers handled throughout the world

 

 

Market development


Source : Économic Studies and Analysis, Port de Montréal

While the Port of Montreal’s containerized cargo traffic has continued to grow over the past 40 years, shipping lines have diversified their routes, as reflected in the two following charts: