RAIL CAPACITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Two Class 1 railroads — BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad — transit the Port of Vancouver, offering cost-effective rates. The port has nearly completed its West Vancouver Freight Access rail expansion, a $275 million project that will more than triple the port’s rail capacity and reduce regional rail congestion by as much as 40% on BNSF’s main north-south and east-west rail lines. This allows the port’s capacity to grow from 55,000 to 400,000 railcars per year.
The port’s location near key freight corridors, including I-5 and I-84, provides quick access to major north-south and east- west routes. Transloading cargo to barges on the Columbia River ensures efficient movement of freight and access to inland ports serving the Midcontinent.
EFFICIENT TRADE ROUTES
The port offers the most efficient, direct, uninterrupted route between the Pacific Rim and the US Midcontinent and Canada. Customers save almost half the time — and thousands of dollars — compared with shipping through Gulf ports.
Efficient trade routes to and from the US Midcontinent and Pacific Rim have never been more critical as shippers seek to cut costs and save time when importing and exporting goods. That’s why many of them are partnering with the Port of Vancouver USA. Located only 106 river miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the port is situated on a 43ft (13.1m) deep draught shipping channel with berths capable of handling Panamax-sized vessels. It specializes in handling break bulk, RoRo, bulk and project cargoes, with dedicated facilities for handling wind energy components, automobiles, grains, pulp, mineral ores, and agricultural commodities, among others. Long term agreements with shippers, OEMs and stevedores ensure shipments can be scheduled at an agreed-upon rate so cargo efficiently and reliably reaches its destination.
NOT YOUR ORDINARY LANDLORD — OR PORT
The port has a dedicated staff that works closely with customers to ensure efficiency in all areas, whether in leasing buildings or property or consulting on shipping and supply chain logistics. This team of talented and experienced people offers outstanding customer service and a strategic and consultative approach that capitalizes on the port’s unique capabilities.
“We’ve made numerous strategic moves in the last several years to invest in the equipment, people, facilities and infrastructure to ensure our customers can get their products to market stress-free,” said Alastair Smith, chief marketing and sales officer at the Port of Vancouver USA. “It all pays off when we hear from our satisfied customers, who repeatedly tell us that they appreciate our high level of service and logistics expertise.”