Annacis Auto Terminal Optimization Project

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority—in partnership with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions (WWS)—is leading the proposed Annacis Auto Terminal Optimization Project, which will improve efficiency of the terminal’s existing operations and increase its capacity to handle a greater volume of automobile imports in the future.

The Annacis Auto Terminal and Richmond Auto Terminal handle nearly all imports of Asian-manufactured vehicles destined for the Canadian market. However, both terminals are currently operating at maximum capacity and need to be expanded to accommodate forecasted growth in demand for auto imports and exports.

The project will allow the port authority to consolidate two existing port automobile terminals into one at the Annacis Auto Terminal. The Richmond Auto Terminal will be repurposed for other port-related businesses.

The Annacis Auto Terminal improvements include:

  • Expanding two existing terminal rail yards
  • Installing electric vehicle charging stations
  • Refurbishing the existing terminal buildings and vehicle processing facilities

Project benefits

The port authority has a positive track record of delivering high-quality projects based on best practices in sustainability, environmental protection, and engagement.

  • Support the fluidity of trade by increasing the capacity and efficiency of the port’s auto terminal operations
  • Increase the resilience of the transportation system by reducing the extent of switching and train building required within the existing yard
  • Support further economic development by allowing valuable industrial land to be repurposed for other trade purposes
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with vehicle idling at existing rail crossing and train locomotive emissions


  • 2019 – Project submitted to the National Trade Corridors Fund for funding
  • Summer 2021 – Revised project scope approved by Transport Canada
  • 2021 – Preliminary design
  • Fall 2021 – Project and Environmental Review submission
  • Fall 2022 – Construction begins
  • Fall 2023 – Project completion

Timelines are subject to change

We acknowledge that while port-related developments provide local, regional, and national benefits, they may also have potential impacts on those who live, work, or operate in and around port areas.

Our approach to public consultation is based on two-way communication and open dialogue, working together to ensure the community, the environment, and the economy are all considered during project planning.

The port authority will engage port authority tenants, local municipalities, and Indigenous groups to better understand their interests.

Project documents

August 2021 – Project fact sheet


Funding partners

This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the port authority, and terminal operator WWS.

Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030