At the heart of North America’s gateway to Asia Pacific, Richmond boasts direct multi-modal access to British Columbia’s largest trading partners: the U.S. and China, as well as other rapidly emerging global markets.
Located on Canada’s picturesque West Coast, Richmond is the 4th largest of the 22 cities that make up Metro Vancouver (population 2.5 million). A short 20 minutes to the north is Vancouver’s downtown core, and 30 minutes to the south is the U.S. border leading into Washington State.
Richmond is home to Canada’s 2nd busiest airport which served over 26 million passengers and over 300,000 tonnes of cargo in 2019.
Named the Best Airport in North America by international passengers at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, YVR is also dedicated to serving business clients with its 1,000,000 square foot cargo village and extensive air-to-truck logistics network. YVR already has greater reach into Asia than all other airports on the West Coast and continues to build on its strategic vision of being North America’s gateway between Asia and the Americas.
The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, North America’s third largest port, and moves cargo across five business sectors for the international and domestic shipping community. Port of Vancouver generated $274.7 million in revenue and moved 146 metric tonnes of cargo in 2021.
The Top 5 trading economics for all cargo are China, Japan, South Korea, U.s. and Indonesia in 2021. Richmond is a major logistics and transloading centre for the port, offering warehouses, transportation operators and supply chain professionals, as well as a dedicated 700-acre, rail- and highway-serviced port transloading facility.
Ongoing improvements to road networks ensuring a safe, reliable and efficient multi-modal transportation network.
A short 30 minute drive from Richmond is the U.S. border and direct link to the I-5, the main Interstate Highway linking Washington, Oregon and California. Highway 99 and 91 intersect in Richmond, providing efficient east-west and north-south connections for employees, businesses and goods movement.
The region is served by three Class 1 railways which connect North America’s West Coast, East Coast, and South Coast.
Intermodal service is provided across Canada, as well as to Chicago and other major North American logistics hubs via excellent connections to major U.S. railways. Several industrial properties in Richmond are serviced by rail, including a dedicated 700-acre port oriented logistics centre managed by the Port of Vancouver. Click the map below to explore the region’s complete rail network.
As the premier multi-modal distribution hub of Canada’s West Coast, Richmond can deliver on every aspect of your supply chain whether your business exports products and services globally or brings in goods for distribution throughout North America.
Freight forwarders skillfully ensure goods move from point of origin to point of destination to arrive at the right place, at the right time, in good order and condition, at the most economic cost.
Trade officers are located in 12 cities across Canada and in more than 140 cities worldwide. Officers can help you assess your export potential, identify key foreign contacts, find new markets abroad, implement your export strategy and obtain relevant advice and intelligence.
Canada Customs and U.S. Customs can assist with customs documentation. You can also contact a local customs office or a customs broker.