Freight forwarders are similar to travel agents for cargo. A freight forwarder ensures goods move from point of origin to point of destination to arrive at the right place, at the right time, in good order and condition, at the most economic cost.
Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can help you export your goods. Trade officers are located in 12 cities across Canada and in more than 140 cities worldwide. Officers can help you assess your export potential, identify key foreign contacts, find new markets abroad, implement your export strategy and obtain relevant advice and intelligence.
Canadian Trade Office
A Canadian Trade Office can help with shipping your product from another country to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You can also refer to the Canadian Border Services Agency or speak with a freight forwarder.
Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Canada Customs and U.S. Customs can assist with customs documentation. You can also contact a local customs office or a customs broker.
Port fees – including terminal handling fees
Terminals and facilities
Container shipping lines
Off-dock terminals and container freight stations
British Columbia Chamber of Shipping – explore a list of shipping lines
Frequently asked questions
Where/how do I pick up goods, or personal effects (i.e. household goods, and/or vehicle, and/or furniture) that have arrived at the port and how much will it cost?
Contact your container shipping line or freight forwarder.