BUFFALO The Logistical Connection to Toronto, Ontario and The USA Market

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Logistics and freight corridors in North America are capturing increased attention of many manufacturers and distributors looking for new warehousing and transportation solutions.  One of the reasons behind this trend is the continual rising importance of logistics and the supply chain for commerce and end user customers.  Furthermore, Canada and the United States trade $592 billion in goods and services every year, with more than 75% of those goods traded moving by truck.  Where does the Buffalo – Canada link fit in this supply chain solution?


Did you know that:

  • Buffalo refers to itself as the “City of Light” because of the plentiful hydro-electric power made possible by nearby Niagara Falls.  
  • Buffalo, NY, is a bi-national location positioned in the center of the North Americas business community. Within an 8 hour drive, you can reach markets catering to 55 percent of the U.S. population and 62 percent of the Canadian population.
  • The border patrol between Buffalo and Canada is an international commerce center, accommodating 38 percent of the total trade conducted between the U.S.A. and Canada.
  • The Buffalo–Niagara Gateway between Buffalo and Canada is the second–busiest gateway in the country (Detroit–Windsor is first), according to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. (ECID)
  • The ECID is optimistic about the benefits for food logistics and distribution operations in the region over the next two decades and considers Buffalo as an excellent location for serving markets in southern Ontario, New York State, northern Pennsylvania and New England.
  • Buffalo’s ease of rail and highway accessibility is attractive to businesses. Buffalo has a history of being the second–largest rail centre in the country at one time enabling the region’s ability to support an excellent rail infrastructure for today’s businesses. It is only one of two points of entry into the Northeast for the Canadian National.

ABOUT TORONTO and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Rated as one of the top 4 global cities with economic clout (Cities of Opportunities Report, PwC, 2014), and topped the North American Cities of the Future, fDi, behind only New York.  Toronto is a dynamic, diverse, rising city that provides the ideal business environment for companies looking for a competitive edge.  (City of Toronto Economic, Development and Culture 2017)

  • One-quarter of Canada’s population is located within 160 km (100 miles) of the city and more than 60 per cent of the population of the USA is within a 90-minute flight.
  • Toronto’s more than 89,800 businesses choose from a large, highly skilled, multilingual workforce of 1.4 million people – one sixth of the country’s workforce

The Greater Toronto Area, comprising more than 20 municipalities, is one of Canada’s busiest logistics centers, according to the economic development department for the City of Brampton.

Toronto attracts many big American players because from Toronto they can serve about 60 percent of the North American market population, within a day’s drive.

ASL Buffalo – Sharing Our Story

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For over a decade there has been a large trend toward U.S. companies using the Canadian logistics infrastructure to serve their North American distribution segment.

Buffalo is located minutes from Canada and is a strategic location for Canadian businesses to serve US customers.

In addition to Buffalo being an ideal strategic and operational fit to and from the GTA and to all parts of the United States, one of the driving reasons for ASL opening a distribution centre  in Buffalo over 30 years ago was at the request and support of existing and prospective customers.   Additionally, one of the benefits of establishing a facility in this market is the ability to offer warehousing and distribution, ecommerce fulfillment, cross-docking, consolidation and de-consolidation and a full menu of transportation services to and from Buffalo and all areas of the United States.

Buffalo has become a vital part of ASL’s transportation network, which replicates the same level of services, technology, infrastructure and managerial intensity of the central Canada facilities located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  The facility, utilizing the same transportation networks as the GTA, provides services to the major brands that ship to leading retailer DCs across the United States and Canada, in addition to servicing the local greater Buffalo customers.

When assessing the Buffalo market to grow your business in the United States, consider options such as cross-dock, consolidation, de-consolidation, warehousing and fulfillment, and ecommerce fulfillment.

One cannot emphasize enough that the city of Buffalo’s geographic location is a foundation for a robust and growing logistics sector for manufacturers and distributors in both Canada and the USA.  Opportunities for success for potential customers’ supply chain needs are unlimited in the Toronto-Buffalo corridor. 

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