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What Is The Virginia Port Authority?

The Virginia Port Authority is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, reporting to the Secretary of Transportation. It is the state's leading agency for international transportation and maritime commerce, charged with operating and marketing the marine terminal facilities through which the shipping trade takes place.

The agency owns four general cargo terminals-Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal, and the Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal-which are operated by its affiliate, Virginia International Terminals, Inc.

Virginia International Terminals coordinates and plans the day to day operations of our four terminals.

Facilities provides an overview of the Port of Virginia's four general cargo terminals.

Port Info is the gateway to Port of Virginia staff contacts, port stats, services, news and useful links.

Services directs you to our Marketing staff as well as the services offered at the Port.

Location provides maps of our terminal facilities.


Virginia's strategic mid-Atlantic location and unparalleled transportation infrastructure offer steamship lines and shippers unbeatable access to two-thirds of the U.S. population with more than 75 international shipping lines and one of the most frequent direct sailing schedules of any port.

Virginia has the best natural deepwater harbor on the U.S. East Coast. Fifty-foot-deep, unobstructed channels provide easy access and maneuvering room for the largest of today's container ships. Virginia ports are located just 18 miles from the open sea on a year-round, ice-free harbor.

Virginia ports have long maintained a reputation for efficient and uncongested intermodal service. The bottom line is in the numbers: The Port of Virginia transports more intermodal containers to more cities faster and more efficiently than any other port in the United States.

As the largest intermodal facility on the U.S. East Coast, Virginia offers six direct-service trains to 28 major cities each day.

More than 50 motor-carrier companies offer full freight-handling and load-consolidation services. A modern network of interstate and local highways permits fast, direct inland motor-freight transportation to any point in the United States.


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Our mailing address: Virginia Port Authority 600 World Trade Center Norfolk VA 23510 USA