World maritime merchant

A strategic place on the world stage

Located on the St. Lawrence, one of the world's largest waterways, the Port of Montreal is the most direct intermodal link between the industrial heartland of North America and the markets of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

At 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) inland from the Atlantic, the Port of Montreal provides access to a pool of 40 million Canadian and American consumers in one day by truck and to 70 million in less than two days by train.

Of all the ports along the North American East Coast, the Port of Montreal is the one that offers the fastest, most direct and most economical access to major markets in Central Canada, the U.S. Midwest and the U.S. Northeast. Ships need only stop at one port—the Port of Montreal—to access these vast markets.

The Port of Montreal is also linked to more than 100 countries on five continents by many of the world’s major shipping lines and offers a direct route between major ports in North European, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and South Africa, including:

  • Antwerp, in Belgium
  • Liverpool, in the United Kingdom
  • Rotterdam, in the Netherlands
  • Hamburg and Bremerhaven, in Germany
  • Le Havre and Marseille/Fos, in France
  • Algeciras, Barcelona and Valencia, in Spain
  • Genoa, Livorno and Gioia Tauro, in Italy
  • Lisbon, in Portugal
  • Freeport, in the Bahamas
  • Caucedo, in the Dominican Republic
  • Cape Town and Durban, in South Africa


All types of cargo, including 1.3 million containers

The Port of Montreal has modern facilities to handle all types of cargo. It moves more than one million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), representing more than 12 million tonnes of containerized goods annually.

The port’s export and import container traffic moves at a steady pace, with high-frequency service provided by many of the world’s leading marine carriers: CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, MSC and OOCL.

The Port of Montreal also handles non-containerized general cargo, liquid bulk, dry bulk and grain.



Containerized general cargo

  • 4 container terminals
  • 11 dockside stations

 Non-containerized general cargo

  • 3 terminals
  • 18 dockside stations, including five equipped with special ramps for roll-on/roll-off cargo

 Liquid bulk

  • 6 terminals
  • 11 dockside stations

 Dry bulk

  • 3 terminals
  • 10 dockside stations with covered and open-air storage spaces


  • Grain terminal with a storage capacity of 260,000 tonnes


  • Railway network with more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) of track serving the dockside directly
  • Cruise passenger terminal