Every year, the Fraser River Port handles 36 million tons of cargo, 95 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo, and almost 465 thousand vehicles. The port generates more than 16 thousand jobs and $730 million in wages for the economy of British Columbia.
In 2007, the Fraser River Port handled 2.3 million metric tons of international exports dominated by logs, cement, and general cargo. During the same year, it handled almost 1.9 million metric tons of international imports dominated by general cargo, steel, and automobiles. International trade included the movement of over 191 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. The port serviced 573 cargo vessels in 2007.
Domestic cargo was significantly greater in 2007. Over 11.2 million tons of inbound cargo included mainly logs, aggregate, and general cargo, and almost 19.4 million tons of outbound cargo was dominated by general cargo, logs, and wood chips.
The Fraser River Port’s general cargo terminal, located on the Surrey Properties site, has six deep-sea berths and 8.8 acres of covered storage with direct rail connections served by five railways. The Fraser Surrey Docks handle general cargo, large volumes of steel and steel products, lumber, containers, and logs.
The Fraser River Port Annacis Properties cover 59 hectares at the eastern end of Annacis Island. An auto terminal occupies 42 hectares of this property and includes two berths connected to rail and road transportation networks. It includes an almost 86 thousand square foot facility for processing vehicles.
The Richmond Properties operated by the Fraser River Port Authority are used by marine and transportation companies. Covering 281 hectares in southeast Richmond, the facilities boast easy access to road, rail, and the Vancouver International Airport. The port intends to add a deep-sea terminal to the properties. The Port Authority also leases several upland properties in Delta, British Columbia, where it may locate a deep-sea facility in the future to facilitate the movement of forest products.
The Fraser River Port also hosts terminals that are privately-owned and operated including the Fraser Wharves that service the automotive industry. Being one of the closest ports to Japan and Asia, the Fraser Wharves can berth the world’s largest car carriers. The Seaspan Coastal Intermodal facility operates four roll-on/roll-off ferries, a tug, and a barge to support the movement of general freight products, regulated commodities, consumer goods, and automobiles.