Looking for a fulfillment hub that can handle Canadian, Northern United States and West Coast distribution? Vancouver, British Columbia is a great location choice. Vancouver is located near many major western U.S. cities, such as Seattle and Portland and provides access to oceanic shipping through the Vancouver Harbor and the North Pacific.
Vancouver ports specialize in heavy lift cargo. This is because it has two of North America’s largest mobile harbor cranes. If you have heavier products to ship, this is one of the best places to do it. The ports have thirteen berths and five marine terminals that are more than capable of accommodating your business. They also have 800 acres of industrial and marine facilities with 600 acres ready and waiting for future development.
Fulfillment for Western Canada
For companies that bring in product to Canada from overseas (such as China, Vietnam, etc), an ideal Western Canadian option for a distribution point is Vancouver. As one of the largest cities in Canada, Vancouver is a great location. By bringing in product into Vancouver, additional inbound freight charges are minimized versus bringing in cargo further inland.
With Port Vancouver being nearby, you have one of the largest and most diverse ports in all of Canada. This is already a major advantage in shipping goods out to foreign markets, especially in Asia. If you’re just now wanting to tap markets in Japan or China, Vancouver is equal with Los Angeles ports in getting items out quickly.
Also consider you’re not far away from the U.S. border and using I-5, starting in northern Washington State. Thanks to this main arterial, truck deliveries have a beeline into Oregon and California. Plus, you can cover Idaho and Montana just as easily.
To focus on Canada, though, is a major advantage. The population of Vancouver alone is 647,540 (as of a few years ago), giving you a major base. Other Canadian cities are nearby in British Columbia you’ll also want to consider to maximize your customer potential.
Other Cities and Metro Area to Consider
Vancouver and the surrounding area has many fulfillment centers out there. The question is, can you screen them on your own to know what’s going on internally?
It’s not an easy process screening these by yourself online because they don’t always tell the truth. For instance, they may have internal financial issues they’ve hidden and won’t immediately tell you. Or, the technologies they use are maybe out of date.
You should visit Vancouver and surrounding B.C. cities so you can see these fulfillment centers in person.
Some cities and warehouses in the region:
- New Westminster