The Gateway Metroport owns and operates the Port of Buffalo, which is the seventh busiest port on the Great Lakes and the United States' 28th busiest seaports. Just 35 kilometers east of Port Colborne in Ontario, Canada, the Port of Buffalo is the first port of call in the United States for vessels entering or leaving the Great Lakes. Its central location makes it an excellent distribution point for goods that reach 75% of the Canadian population.
The Port of Buffalo contains piers with alongside depth of 8.2 meters that can accommodate up to seven vessels at the same time. The Port of Buffalo offers over 80 hectares for storage of bulk cargoes at or near the deep-water facilities and ample heavy-lift equipment and conveyor belt systems to facilitate the efficient movement of cargo. Foreign Trade Zone #23 at the Port of Buffalo has reached its capacity, and new satellite foreign trade zones are now operating near the international airport and in Amherst.
The Port of Buffalo is open for navigation from early April until late December each year. Vessels travel about 487 meters from the breakwater to the harbor. Gateway Metroport is located at the lakefront, and there are no pilotage or approach restrictions. The harbor at the Port of Buffalo has a depth of 8.2 meters at each of the public terminals.
The public use terminal facilities at the Port of Buffalo consist of a 1.1 thousand square meter dock area served by both road and railway. The facility is served by a 230-ton capacity crawler crane and a 55-ton capacity gantry crane. The South Buffalo Railroad supports the terminal and the harbor area. Salvage equipment and towing facilities are available, but vessel repair facilities are limited.
The Port of Buffalo's Gateway Metroport is a full-service facility located near downtown Buffalo, offering efficient and fast access to markets in southern Ontario and the northeastern United States. The Metroport has more than 2.7 meters of dock space that can accommodate eight large vessels, and no tugboat service is needed to reach the berths.
The Port of Buffalo Gateway Metroport Dock at the West Side of the Lackawanna Canal is 1.2 thousand meters long with alongside depth of 8 meters. The dock includes storage capacity for 40 thousand tons of coke, 25 thousand tons of salt, and 100 thousand tons of steel. The Port of Buffalo's Gateway Metroport Dock on the East Side of the Lackawanna Canal is also 1.2 thousand meters long with alongside depth of 8 meters and has capacity to store 300 thousand tons of stone, 200 thousand tons of steel, and 25 thousand tons of salt.
The Terminal Building at the Port of Buffalo's Gateway Metroport offers over 3.7 thousand square meters of heated warehouse and distribution space and easy access to rail, road, and water routes. The Gateway Metroport offers more than eight hectares of storage space for bulk cargoes and an additional four-hectare paved open storage area. Additional land area is available for general cargo, and the Port of Buffalo will build to suit on port lands available for warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing activities.
The terminal is located on a busy New York State railroad interchange that serves five Class I rail lines. The New York State Interstate-90 is minutes from the Metroport and from the Peace Bridge to Canada. The Port of Buffalo's Gateway Metroport is within a New York State Development Zone and a US Foreign Trade Zone that offer many advantages to businesses using the Port of Buffalo to move their cargoes.