Clearly, as this article from the Journal of Commerce attests, there has been a significant reduction in container volume (ie, TEUs & tonnage) at the port of Halifax.
"Halifax TEUs tumble
Updated July 16, 2008 11:45:42 AM
Courtney Tower / The JOURNAL of COMMERCE ONLINE
Container traffic through the Port of Halifax fell by double-digits in the first half of the year on the departure of two weekly ocean services and softened import demand from the United States.
Container TEUs dropped 16.3 percent through June 30 from the same period the previous year, while container tonnage declined by 19.6 percent, according to the Halifax Port Authority.
First-half container volume fell to 203,910 TEUs from 243,600 TEUs. Tonnage dropped to 1.70 million metric tons from 2.13 million tons.
The eastern Canadian authority claimed that “the decrease in containerized cargo is not a problem unique to Halifax --- ports all over North America are facing downturns.”
In fact, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in British Columbia, which now markets itself as Port Metro Vancouver, reported a 4-percent increase in traffic for the first half, to 1.22 million TEUs from 1.17 million TEUs in the first six months of 2007. It did not disclose tonnage figures.
The Port of Montreal said box tonnage grew 10.2 percent through May, to 5.5 million metric tons from 5 million in the 2007 period. Volume increased 7.2 percent to 592,881 TEUs from 553,185 TEUs.
Canadian National Railway, the sole rail carrier serving the Port of Halifax, announced Monday it was cutting daily service to one pair from two pairs of trains because of weaker container volumes."
http://www.joc.com/articles/news.asp?se ... &sid=45829