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A trip through British Columbia in the life of a shipping container

May 12, 2022

By Kip Skabar

How can we enhance supply chain efficiency? Kip Skabar shares how goods travel in a Transportation Association of Canada’s Spotlight Article.

Container terminals along BC’s west coast are essential to the local and national economy, providing a critical link between consumers and businesses with global markets. To put this in perspective, the Port of Vancouver handles $1 of every $3 of Canada’s goods traded outside of North America. Whether it is a new pair of sneakers, a flat screen TV, or coffee beans – the chances are that you have purchased something which has arrived in a container recently.

Fall is a particularly busy time of year for the container shipping industry due to the upcoming holiday season. This time of year, more than 36,000 TEUs typically arrive in the Port of Vancouver on an average week (TEU means twenty-foot equivalent units, which is a way of measuring container volumes) - so what happens after a container is unloaded at one of our terminals and how do goods from overseas reach our store shelves? 

Read the full article at Transportation Association of Canada.


  • Kip Skabar

    As a senior principal and commercial ports leader, Kip fosters an enthusiasm for design while building teams, collaborating across business lines, and delivering award-winning infrastructure projects in the ports and marine terminals sector.

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