Export Economy

Over the years the private port of Kitimat has sheltered thousands of deep-sea vessels and moved millions of tonnes of cargo to and from ports on all continents, contributing significantly to BC's annual manufactured exports.  

All shipping activity to and from Kitimat is facilitated by the private sector.  Each private entity builds, owns and operates their own facility.  There is no federal port authority and there are no harbour dues.  To serve shipping needs there are Customs brokers, shipping agents, and tug, barge, and pilot services in place.  

Kitimat recognizes the appeal of a private port and is interested in attracting Canada's first large-scale private container terminal.

Opportunities exist to import and distribute goods to North American markets as well as export goods manufactured at tidewater in Kitimat.  Our natural, ice-free, deep sea harbour is wider than Burrard Inlet at Port Metro Vancouver and we are competitive with Vancouver in rail distance and transit speed to US midwest markets.  Shipping from Kitimat to Asia is one day shorter than shipping from southern BC.



Efficient rail and highway networks extend into the continent and Canadian National Railway's alliance with US rail carriers facilitates international service.  




Air transportation through the Northwest Regional Airport (YXT, located in the city of Terrace in the Kitimat Valley) exceeds 200,000 passengers annually and provides multiple daily flights direct to Vancouver International Airport (YVR).



This essential infrastructure, along with an experienced industrial labour workforce and supply and service sector, is inviting to international trade.  Our community, in a strikingly beautiful location with excellent amenities, recreation facilities, and world-class ocean and river fishing, is inviting to those looking for work/life balance.



A Marvel of Nature and Industry