Cargo and Terminals

The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, and the most diversified port in North America. The port offers 27 major marine cargo terminals, three Class 1 railroads and a regional short line railroad, and a full range of facilities and services to move cargo across five business sectors to the international and domestic shipping community.

For information on supply chain performance measures and real-time monitoring, visit the Port Dashboard.

Terminals and facilities

The port offers 27 major marine cargo terminals that service the following five business sectors.


The port handles approximately 400,000 vehicles annually, making the Port of Vancouver one of the top three ports on the west coast of North America for vehicle transshipment. Learn more about automobiles.  Automobile

Breakbulk and project cargo

The Port of Vancouver is the major consolidation centre on Canada’s west coast for breakbulk cargo such as forest products, steel and machinery. Learn more about breakbulk and project cargo.  


Dry and liquid bulk cargoes account for approximately two-thirds of the port’s annual tonnage. Shipping lines regularly call on the port because of the availability of diverse western Canadian commodities for export. Learn more about bulk.  201205_KARO_PMV_D3-254 (low-res)


The port offers four common-user container terminals with extensive on-dock rail facilities. In 2013, container cargo accounted for approximately 20 per cent of the port’s annual tonnage throughput. Learn more about container.  201205_KARO_PMV_H3D_0232 (low-res.web)


As the homeport for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise industry, the Port of Vancouver welcomes hundreds of thousands of passengers annually. Learn more about cruise.  Cruise

Learn more about port terminals and facilities.

Moving cargo

Require help exporting your goods? Looking for assistance with shipping your product from another country to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada? We can connect you with freight forwarders, Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, the Canadian Border Services Agency and more. Learn more about moving cargo.