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Logs & Lumber
Panel Boards • Pulp & Paper
Wood Chips • Wood Pellets

Port Metro Vancouver

Port Metro Vancouver is North America’s most diversified port, trading $180 billion in goods with more than 160 trading economies in 2013.

Port Metro Vancouver is home to 3 major forestry export facilities:

  • Fibreco Terminal is one of the largest woodchip handling facilities in the world and has capacity of approximately 3 million tonnes. Fibreco has permits in place to expand its storage capacity and can add a second ship loading conveyor to further increase capacity.
    • The ship berth – 265 metres long with 12.5 metres draught.
  • Lynnterm is a break bulk terminal handling forest products with seven accommodate multiple vessels.
    • More than 1 billion FBM of lumber per year.
    • Warehouse space for wood pulp with rail tracks and covered loading.
    • Direct access to Trans-Canada Highway #1.
    • Fibreco and Lynnterm have access to Class 1 CN and Canadian Pacific rail networks.
  • Fraser Surrey Docks is the largest North American west coast multi-purpose marine terminal handling both logs and lumber.
    • Dedicated berth with a hydraulically operated ramp for barge traffic.
    • Access to the Class 1 CN, Canadian Pacific and BNSF rail networks.
    • Access to the South Fraser Highway and Trans-Canada Highway #1

Port of Prince Rupert

North America’s deepest natural harbour in North America with significant expansion capacity.

  • Shortest distance from North America to Shanghai than any other west coast port.
  • Fairview Terminal can handle the world’s largest container ships.
  • Containerized wood products are exported through Fairview Terminal.
  • Fairview has a current container capacity of 750,000 TEUs with expansion capability to 2 million TEUs.
  • CN rail provides efficient reliable direct ship-to-rail offloading.
  • Log exports are handled by Ocean Dock and Tidal Coast Terminals.

Rail Trans-load Facilities

CN has built new transload facilities in Surrey and Prince George

  • Thornton Yard transload facility in Surrey, BC.
    • 8 acre footprint, expansion capability up to 20 acres.
    • Throughput capacity of approximately 10,000 containers per year.
  • Thornton Yard enables mills from across southern BC to easily export their products to the Asian market through Port Metro Vancouver terminals.
  • Prince George Distribution Centre can handle approximately:
    • 36,000 containers annually,
    • Direct rail service from Prince George to the Port of Prince Rupert for overseas shipments.

Labour Reliability

  • BC’s longshore workers and foremen have signed contracts that ensure stability at BC Ports through 2018.

Competitive Business Environment

  • Municipal port property taxes were permanently capped for designated BC ports and terminals in 2014.