​​​​​​​​​The Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia has been recognized as one of the world's leading maritime gateways for more than 400 years.

The Port​ is built around the world’s largest natural deep-water harbor and currently stands as the third largest container port on the East Coast. The Port does more than service ships hauling cargo: it drives investment, job creation, revenue growth and connects Virginia to the world.

 In 2016, a ship named  MOL Benefactor was the first, and largest, container ship to transit the expanded Panama Canal and call Virginia. The arrival of that ship signaled the start of a new era at the port. Since then, more than a dozen ships larger than the MOL Benefactor have come to Virginia and even larger ones are on the horizon. Read Port's 2016 Annual Report​​

​The Port of Virginia Advantages

  • 50-foot (14 meters) channels and berths - The Port of Virginia offers the deepest,  obstruction-free shipping channels on the East Coast, and it is the only U.S. East Coast port with Congressional authorization for 55-foot depth channels.
  • Fully prepared to accommodate the 10,000+ TEU vessels
  • Direct service to 45+ countries worldwide
  • Service offered by every major shipping line
  • 2/3 of US population within a day's drive of the port​
  • Fast and efficient on-dock rail connections to key inland markets
  • Lowest pilferage rate on the East Coast
  • Leader in quality, efficiency, and environmental-management practices: The port was the nation’s first to implement an ISO 14001-approved environmental standards program.​
  • Available capacity to grow with customers' needs
  • Available tax and grant incentives​

​There are four general cargo marine facilities, and more than 20 privately-owned bulk-handling facilities, in the Hampton Roads harbor. 

State-of-the art container and breakbulk facilities include:

  • Norfolk International Terminals
  • Newport News Marine Terminal
  • Portsmouth Marine Terminal
  • Virginia International Gateway – One of the most technologically advanced port facilities in the Western Hemisphere

Drayage Costs

Average drayage costs from T​he Port of Virginia to points within the Virginia Beach MSA are estimated between $210 and $250 plus fuel surcharges (FSC). Fuel surcharges are based on weekly South Atlantic averages released by the Department of Energy. 

​In 2015, the Port of Virginia moved ​​cargo via

Source: 2016 Port of Virginia

Top Trading Partners
2015 total cargo in millions of U.S. dollars

 Exports
Imports​​
1ChinaChina
2Belgium Germany
3GermanyIndia
4United KingdomItaly
5BrazilJapan
6NetherlandsBrazil
7Saudi Arabia
United Kingdom
8JapanVietnam
9IndiaIndonesia
10Korea, SouthMalaysia

Top 10 Commodities
2015 total cargo in millions of U.S. dollars

 Exports
Imports
1​ Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery
2PlasticElectrical machinery
3Pharmaceutical productsVehicles, not railway
4Vehicles, not railwayFurniture and bedding
5Organic chemicalsApparel, Knitted or Crocheted
6​Electrical MachineryPharmaceutical Products
7Misc. chemical productsPlastics
8Tobacco
Apparel, Not Knitted or Crocheted
9Optic, Photo, Etc, Medic or Surgical Instruments
Toys, Games, Sports Equipment
10Misc. Grain, Seed, FruitBeverages, Spirits and Vinegar​
Source: 2016 Virginia Port Authority​