The Port of Vancouver plays a critical role in Canada’s trade

Canada’s economic prosperity relies on being able to get goods and resources to and from other markets efficiently and reliably.


About $1 in every $3 of Canada’s trade in goods beyond North America moves through the Port of Vancouver.

Containers transformed global trade in the 1950s

The introduction of standardized shipping containers made shipping more efficient. As a result, the use of containers to move a wide variety of goods gained popularity.


A steadily growing volume of Canada’s international trade moves through the Port of Vancouver in containers each year.

a collaborative effort

The container supply chain has many participants including cargo owners, ship owners, freight forwarders, truckers, trains, and other service providers.

Canadians can now get Susan's coffee beans at their local coffee shops and grocery stores.


Learn more about how the Port of Vancouver connects people through coffee.

Once it reaches its final destination, Frank's beer can be enjoyed by thirsty overseas customers.


Learn more about how the Port of Vancouver connects Canadian beer to international markets.

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Delivering a strong future

The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port. The port authority, terminals, rail and truck companies, and many others work together to get goods where they need to go, efficiently and reliably on behalf of all Canadians.