Canadian Pacific has opened its new Vancouver Automotive Compound (VAC), which has been located to handle motor vehicles made in North America for distribution in British Columbia, northern Washington State and parts of Alberta, as well as vehicles imported through the Port of Vancouver.
With surging motor vehicle volumes in the area, CP built the VAC on 19 acres of CP-owned land adjacent to its Vancouver Intermodal Terminal. The compound has capacity for 36 multi-level autoracks and has nearly 1,200 vehicles bays.
“The compound’s strategic location creates efficiencies in CP’s automotive supply chain, allowing for Eastern Canadian car shipments to be quickly offloaded and for empty auto carriers to be re-loaded and shipped back east,” CP said. “Our automotive supply chain provides automakers the opportunity to have their product to market up to two days faster by consolidating the shipper’s product to one facility.”
CP has deployed a new yard logistics system that automates yard processes and supports real-time inventory reporting “to give customers better visibility of their shipments,” CP said. “It also strengthens our damage prevention processes by enabling immediate uploading of inspection images.”
The new yard logistics system was introduced in Vancouver and is being rolled out to all CP automotive compounds.
“Vancouver is Canada’s primary automotive gateway for Asian imports and one of the largest destination markets,” said Vice President Sales and Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive Jonathan Wahba. “With capacity to accommodate 168,000 vehicles annually, the VAC will provide an important service to our customers.”
CP recently won awards from Toyota USA, Toyota Canada and American Honda, including the 2018 Toyota Logistics Quality Award.