An increase in traffic at the Windsor Port Authority is sign of the city's booming economy, according to the CEO of the federal agency.

David Cree said the number of ships using the port is up 10 per cent compared to the same time last year, with salt and grain as the hottest commodities.

"The economy in Windsor in the last few years is probably been the strongest it's been probably for decades," he explained. "We've had the automobile industry is going very strong, Local construction, both residential, commercial and highway, has been very strong over the last three or four years."

David Cree

Windsor Port Authority president and CEO David Cree expects to see ship traffic and cargo volumes to soar as work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge starts. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

"When the local economy is doing as well as it is now, that's usually very good news for the port," he added.

Cree said construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge is expected to bring even more traffic in the years ahead.