Sorel-Tracy Port Terminal
Richardson International is a leader in agriculture and food processing, with vertically integrated operations across North America and beyond. Our port terminal facility in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec is a vital transportation hub for Eastern Canada and serves as a crucial gateway, connecting Canadian agricultural products to the rest of the world.
The Work we Do
We provide transportation services for Canadian agricultural products such as grains, oilseeds, and pulses.
We clean and store grains and oilseeds – while adhering to strict food safety standards – to ensure the highest quality food product is delivered to end-use consumers.
We work closely with our nearby Boucherville, Quebec merchandising office to purchase grains and oilseeds from local farmers and find end-use buyers and consumers of these products.
Opening Global Markets to Local Producers
The success of Canada's agriculture industry relies on exporting its products to international destinations, and Richardson plays a pivotal role in facilitating this process. Through rail, truck, and vessel transportation, we ensure the efficient and consistent movement of grain for Quebec farmers throughout the year.
- Richardson works with a network of over 600 Quebec farm operations that grow cereals, oilseeds, and corn.
- Sorel-Tracy port terminal receives hundreds of inbound vessels annually, moving local product across the Great Lakes.
- Over the past decade, 500+ vessels bound for international destinations were loaded out of the Sorel-Tracy port terminal.
The province’s agricultural sector is thriving, and Quebec farmers not only feed their communities but also contribute significantly to the global food supply. Richardson takes pride in collaborating with our farmer partners to move agricultural products worldwide.
Operating with a Commitment to Community
To sustain a thriving international business, a forward-thinking and skilled workforce is essential. At Richardson, we foster these qualities within our team right here in Sorel-Tracy. Our dedicated personnel encompass a diverse range of logistics professionals, specialized industrial skillsets, and skilled labourers. We believe that our people are our greatest asset, and we demonstrate this by providing continuous opportunities for employee development and growth.
We employ 66 skilled professionals across an array of logistics, merchandising, and trades roles at our Sorel-Tracy and Boucherville locations.
Through the Richardson Foundation, we contribute $130,000 annually to fund important community betterment initiatives in Sorel-Tracy.
Richardson works with local businesses on annual maintenance work, generating an average economic benefit of $6.5+ million each year.
Our employees actively support community centres, food banks, and vital resident services and programs.
Continuous Improvement and Innovation
We understand the importance of striking the right balance between supporting economic growth and addressing the concerns of residents. We work closely with industry stakeholders to ensure that our activities are responsible and sustainable, and that we contribute positively to the communities around us.
We employ the following techniques to minimize operational impacts:
Organic Material Suppression
When grain is transported to and from vessels, water is sprayed into the air close to loading zones. This creates mist and serves as a temporary barrier that helps to reduce agricultural particle migration.
Enclosed Loading Systems
Our loading spouts are equipped with collection systems that capture agricultural particles as they are generated, preventing them from escaping into the environment.
We strive to explore and incorporate all best management practices to streamline the loading process and minimize agricultural particle emissions.