Marine Policy

The APGCI extends shipping routes between Asia and the heartland of North America, moving goods swiftly and dependably from source to destination. The transportation systems of Canada and the U.S. are interconnected, with port, rail and road links into every major economic centre.

Business Advantage

Shippers use the Asia-Pacific marine corridor because it provides accessports up to three days closer to Asian hubs than other major ports in the Americas; has growing capacity to handle increasing trade; has consistently shorter port dwell times; features deep harbours; and utilizes the smart, secure, and efficient Canada-U.S. border and transportation network.

People Advantage

Western Canada is home to a well-educated population and a robust labour force. And with 14 per cent of its population being of Asian descent, Western Canada’s well-established Asian business communities are culturally connected to markets overseas. In Greater Vancouver, this is particularly the case, with 38 per cent of its population of diverse Asian descent.

Exceptional Ports

The Port Metro Vancouver is the largest handler of foreign export tonnage and the fourth-largest handler of overall tonnage in North America. Annually, the port handles around 2.5 million TEUs and trades with more than 130 economies.

The Port of Prince Rupert offers the deepest natural harbour in North America; steadfast labour and community support; efficient and uncongested rail connection directly from the terminal to the North American Midwest; and significant capacity for growth.


On-dock rail service allows for reductions in transit time through reduced handling, minimizing potential damage and cost. CN and CP provide daily double-stack intermodal service for quick delivery across all of Canada and North America, with direct service to Chicago and other major centres across North America.

Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway