Foreign Trade

Vancouver International Airport is North America's best choice for logistics and supply chain management, with easy reach to global markets. We’re a strategic location as the closest major port between Asia and the Americas.

Competitive cost structure and flexible Airport Authority management provides an attractive gateway for moving freight. Also, export distribution centre legislation provides companies with an environment conducive to re-exports with no duties or taxes.

YVR: North America's Supply-Chain Airport

Market Reach

Vancouver International Airport has significant market reach to destinations around the world. Greater reach into Asia versus Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Portland (PDX) - Vancouver (YVR) is also accessible to major destinations throughout South America and Europe. 

Market Access

YVR is a major hub for Global Air Connections, being the closest and fastest major North American city to Asia, and is in easy reach to markets in Europe. There is excellent ground transportation connectivity to major east-west and north-south routes, with only a 25-minute drive to the US border. There are 5 major border crossings between the Greater Vancouver Region and the USA, while bilateral agreements between Canada and the USA provide easy access to all major North American markets.

Center for Logistics and Distribution

A strong logistics community is already in place and available at YVR. The top global freight forwarders already operate at YVR and are supported by numerous carriers serving air-to-truck movements. Together they provide clients with a compliment of competitive services. A UPS Regional Hub, and major FedEx, DHL and Purolator operations are also available for rapid integrator shipments throughout an extensive air and ground network.

Economic Advantages of YVR

A Smart Airport

YVR possesses numerous advantages including an available high speed, broadband network and an abundance of airside and non-airside related lands for lease.

YVR is also an efficient and growing ground transportation hub, which includes trucking and public transit. Furthermore, there are on-airport education facilities, such as the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). YVR is in operation 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, including round-the-clock customs and runway operations.

Strong Development Potential

YVR offers a 'flexible' approval process for land development on its site, as a means to stimulate economic and business development. To meet this objective, careful planning has taken place to generate maximum value for developers and provides the essential infrastructure to facilitate logistics and distribution functions.

Foreign Trade Zone information


Raymond J. Segat
Director, Cargo & Business Development

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