British Columbia Ports and The Advantages

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics

In the previous post, we have talked about the import and export in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the apparent reasons, Vancouver ports are getting busier receiving from Asia which contains a large proportion of our consumer goods in the past decade. This inclination has driven the governments to spend billions of dollars to improve rail and road access, port accessibility and inspection capacity, based on that advantage.  

What kind of advantages does West Coast ports have that drive the shipments attending the two large pacific ports instead of the US ports?

Allegedly, Prince Rupert Port is relatively closer to Asia because of the curvature of the Earth. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Moreover, this is actually one of the world’s natural ice-free harbors.

On top of that, the railway service giant, Canadian National Railway Col, has began investing into the capital infrastructure, since CN is the only railway service provider from the Prince Rupert Port. The investments boost the transportation between the two Pacific ports on the West Coast of Canada and certainly enhance the logistics services in British Columbia.

One of the biggest benefits for the shipping companies is that both ports in British Columbia mean another alternative route shipping into North American, in case the American ports shut off. What I mean is the infamous 11-day shutdown in 2002 when over 800 port workers went on strike at the Los Angeles ports and Long Beach ports, causing the delay of forty percent of US imports. It is certainly an impact on the supply chain people don’t want to experience ever again.
18 Wheels Logistics offers a wide range of logistics services from Vancouver ports to ease your stress. We also offer warehousing, trucking and copacking.  Give us a call today to see what we can do for you.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.