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Container Unloading & Destuffing

Strategically located in close proximity to all Vancouver Ports including CP & CN rails, and the USA border,  we offer a unique opportunity for Freight forwarders or individuals to integrate our terminal into their import logistics and benefit their operations and supply chain for Unloading and Destuffing.

We provide trans-loading services (also referred to as de-stuff or unloading) for heavy machinery, mining equipment, excavators, vehicles, agricultural equipment, industrial projects, etc. 

We significantly reduce transportation and demurrage charges by eliminating the need to transport fully loaded containers to their final destination, unloading and then returning the empty container to Vancouver port within a 3-day timeframe.

Transloading heavy machinery in Vancouver
Transloading is the process of transferring goods from one mode of transportation to another, it is a strategic approach to save both time and money in your cargo logistics.
Given the limited space availability at the Greater Vancouver docks, standard practice among operators is to avoid removing contents from containers or flat racks on-site. Instead, a more cost-effective approach involves de-stuffing containers in close facilities to the dock and transporting the goods to destinations outside the Lower Mainland via truck. This method proves advantageous compared to sending out loaded containers and incurring the additional expense of bringing them back empty.
"By strategically de-stuffing containers near the dock, businesses can optimize their logistics, reduce transportation costs, and maximize the utility of each shipment, contributing to a more efficient and economical supply chain."


Why Cratex Transloading Services for Import Shipping:

  • Close location to all BC Vancouver ports : Vancouver Ports and docks often have limited space, making it challenging to efficiently de-stuff containers or transload onto outbound trucks. At Cratex, our strategic location near the ports of the Lower Mainland in Vancouver enables us to seamlessly handle the process. This proximity offers a unique opportunity for Freight Forwarders or individuals to integrate our facility into their logistics and benefit their operations and supply chain.

  • Heavy Lifting Capacity: With our heavy lifting equipment of over 100,000 pounds, trained personnel, and modern facility centrally located with easy access to the various docks in the Lower Mainland, Cratex has become a preferred facility for de-stuffing containers and sending contents out via truck. 

  • Optimizing Container Turnaround to Avoid Demurrage Charges: Demurrage charges often accrue when containers are held at the port beyond the agreed-upon free time. Cratex transloading allows for a faster turnaround, ensuring that containers are picked up, emptied and returned promptly, all within the typical three-day timeframe specified by most SSL, thus minimizing the likelihood of incurring demurrage fees.

  • Bonded Warehouse: Cratex is a secured licensed facility for INBOND shipments. we provide temporal or long-term storage for your goods without immediate customs clearance, providing you with flexibility in smoother customs procedures and paperwork.

  • CBSA Inspection:  Cratex facility is a secure custom sufferance warehouse within a controlled environment, for shipment that requires release in Canada,  and we will coordinate with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to carry out inspections and examinations of your goods entering Canada for release. 

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Heavy Machinery Unloading 

Efficiently managing and optimizing the flow of cargo from one mode of transportation to another can be complex, especially with heavy, oversized cargo types.


With our heavy lifting equipment of over 100,000 pounds, trained personnel, and modern facility centrally located with easy access to the various docks in the Lower Mainland, Cratex has become a preferred facility for de-stuffing containers and sending contents out via truck. 

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Efficient Unloading of Containers 

Efficient de-stuffing of containers is a critical aspect of optimizing cargo handling operations, minimizing delays, and ensuring the smooth flow of goods within the supply chain.


At Cratex, we optimize efficiency by prioritizing and simultaneously unloading multiple containers with our specialized equipment and trained personnel's to reduce the overall turnaround time to return empty containers back to port.   

Damaged Container Reload (C6)

Damage container re-load refers to the process of inspecting, reloading  and adjusting cargo that have incurred damage during transportation or handling. Cratex utilize meticulous procedure in ensuring re-loading meet quality standards, and preventing further issues. 

When we receive a damage container, we coordinate with customs to stamp the form for special purposes (C6) provided by customers, pickup damaged container form the port or rail, pick up new empty container and transload the content from the damaged to the new container. Ensuring compliance with customs regulations, surveyors during the re-work process. 

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Direct Discharge from Port (OOG)

Direct discharge from the port refers to the process of unloading cargo directly from a vessel upon arrival at the port, without intermediate storage or transshipment. Most of these cargo are OOG (out of guage).


We arrange the transportation accompanied with pilot cars to get the load out of the port at the exact discharge time and de-stuff the cargo at our location in Delta Vancouver, return empty and arrange load for outbound. These contribute to cost-efficient transportation, reduced demurrage charges, and lower overall logistics costs.

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Unlock the efficiency of your supply chain with our expert transloading services.

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