​​​​​​​​​​​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 2018 Annual Report​​​

​The Port of Virginia Advantages

  • 50-foot (15​ 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 2018, the Port of Virginia moved ​​cargo via

Source: 2018​ Port of Virginia

Top Trading Partners
201​​8 total cargo in millions of U.S. dollars

2Belgium Germany
4United KingdomItaly
10AustriaUnited Kingdom
Source:  2019 The Port of Virginia

Top 10 Commodities
201​8 total cargo in millions of U.S. dollars

1​ Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery
2Pharmaceutical ProductsElectrical Machinery
3PlasticsPharmaceutical Products
4Oil SeedsVehicles, Not Railway
5Organic ChemicalsFurniture and Bedding
7Vehicles, Not RailwayOrganic Chemicals
8Misc. Chemical ProductsToys, Games, Sports Equipment
9Electrical MachineryIron and Steel
10TobaccoBeverages, Spirits and Vinegar
Source: 2019 The Port of Virginia