Good afternoon, Mr. Chairman and members of the panel. Thank you for the opportunity to make a commentary and presentation before the panel this afternoon.
Halifax represents something more for Canada in terms of the strategic outreach in global trade that we're engaged in today. The Port of Halifax is Canada's only deepwater, east coast, and fully Panamax/post-Panamax vessel-capable marine outlet that facilitates and supports Canada's overall trade objectives, particularly in using the Suez Canal through Southeast Asia.
To that end, what we talk about, and what we bring to the table, is bigger than just the parochial concerns of a port: we understand our relationship as a part of an overall supply chain that is important to Canada's economic development. Going forward on that concept, Mr. Chairman, right now 65% of our intramodal traffic is actually carried by rail, by CN, into the key inland markets that some of my good colleagues like Peter Xotta have already described, which benefit all Canadians.
We have of course seen a very similar evolution over the last two years. Subsequent to the evolution of the federal panel rail review process, which was a very constructive undertaking by the government, we have witnessed a very significant outreach and a very significant commitment on behalf of CN in working with our stakeholders and ourselves towards transparency and greater service levels of accountability and aggressive pricing structures to facilitate the use of the infrastructure provided in the Port of Halifax.
We were in fact the model and the first port to enter into a port authority terminal operator and rail combined key performance indicator metric, which, similar to the experiences you've heard about from Global, from Mr. Xotta, and from the Port of Prince Rupert, etc., has produced demonstrable and tangible benefits. It is our hope and intention to work with CN and our other stakeholders, because, as you have heard in commentary before, it is a complex, integrated supply chain. The efficiency of the railroad has to be equally and fairly balanced by the expectations and the commitments of shippers and, most importantly, of the terminal operators that are the main partners in the rail transfer.
We see it as a very balanced, very complicated supply chain. We favour the commercial solutions that have been proven to be very successful so far. We do reinforce and echo the comments made by some of the panellists from Prince Rupert and the Metro Vancouver Port Authority: that due to the complexity and the supply chain, it has to be treated in a very cautious manner before any regulatory process is in place. We appreciate the complexity around the supply chain. That's why we encourage a good deal of caution with respect to forced, compulsory measures under Bill C-52.
In summary, Mr. Chairman, Halifax recognizes and agrees with the comments made by our competitive and in fact complementary port partners in Prince Rupert and Vancouver. We do concur with the submissions and recommendations they've brought forward. Rather than restating all of that, we'll submit to you that it is the correct way to go forward from the perspective of the Halifax Port Authority as well.