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Canada's largest port

Port Metro Vancouver jurisdictional map
Port Metro Vancouver interactive map
Port Metro Vancouver 2014 Sustainability Report
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, doing business as Port Metro Vancouver is a financially independent corporation, established by the Government of Canada pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, and accountable to the federal Minister of Transport.

Our mandate is to facilitate Canada’s trade objectives, ensuring goods are moved safely, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.

Port Metro Vancouver is responsible for the operation and development of the assets and jurisdictions of the former Fraser River Port Authority, North Fraser Port Authority and Vancouver Port Authority, which were amalgamated in 2008.

Corporate information


Port Metro Vancouver is positioned on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada. From Roberts Bank and the Fraser River up to Burrard Inlet, Port Metro Vancouver jurisdiction borders 16 municipalities and intersects the asserted and established traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. We are responsible for managing over 16,000 hectares of water, over 1,000 hectares of land and assets along approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline.


Port Metro Vancouver is the third largest tonnage port in North America, offering 28 major marine cargo terminals, three Class 1 railroads, and a full range of facilities and services to the international shipping community.

Port Metro Vancouver's deep-sea terminals provide Super Post-Panamax capacity and extensive on-dock rail facilities with virtually no draft restrictions. The port's freshwater facilities offer integrated services for the automobile and coastal forest industries, and for short-sea shipping. Port Metro Vancouver serves as homeport for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise industry.

As the most diversified port in North America, Port Metro Vancouver operates across five business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk, container and cruise. The port facilitates trade with more than 160 world economies, and handled 140 million tonnes of cargo in 2014, up three per cent from 2013.Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest gateway, handling 19 per cent of the value of Canada’s total trade in goods.

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Detailed information about our facilities
2014 Sustainability Report

Port Metro Vancouver works to move goods and people efficiently and reliably while integrating economic, social and environmental initiatives into all areas of port operations. Port Metro Vancouver's environmental programs include management of all port operations and mitigation of environmental impacts related to development and expansion proposals. Read our 2014 Sustainability Report.

Port Story: How did that smart phone get here?

A ride along the supply chain

Follow the journey of a smart phone as it makes its way to your local store.


Arrival at Port Metro Vancouver
A container ship arrives, one of more than 3,000 vessels Port Metro Vancouver welcomes each year, with a shipment of smart phones manufactured in China. Our Harbour Patrol Officers inspect the vessel and ensure navigational safety and security of the port.

Unloading the ship 
The ship berths at one of the port’s four container terminals and huge gantry cranes are used to transfer containers from the ship to the dock, where they are moved, separated and grouped in a storage yard. Nearly 70 per cent of import containers are loaded onto rail for shipment outside the Lower Mainland; the rest are trucked to local businesses.


Container pick-up
Moving the containers from the dock to the store is the job of trucking companies. As soon as the ship arrives, trucking companies make reservations to pick-up assigned containers at the terminal. A rubber-tired gantry crane lifts the container onto the waiting truck. The truck leaves the terminal, making a stop at a distribution centre, or trans-load facility.


Containers arrive at a distribution centre or trans-load facility where the contents are sorted. Trans-loading is the process of transferring a shipment from one method of transportation to another, such as ship to truck or rail. Once sorted, the contents can then be delivered to their final destination, a store shelf near you.



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