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Cargo and Trade

The Port of San Diego is the nation’s specialty cargo gateway to the Pacific, situated in the natural, deep-water harbor of San Diego Bay. We know specialty cargo isn't one size fits all, and so we tailor our services to fit your needs.

beer cargo
sea turbine

The Special Advantage

Two cargo terminals, the 96-acre Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, and the 135-acre National City Marine Terminal, boast a long list of advantages for specialty cargo shippers with unique needs:

  • strategic location
  • commercial accessibility
  • year-round ideal climate
  • easy access to regional freeways
  • on-dock Class I rail service
  • unparalleled expertise in moving specialty cargo | 619.686.6300
Contact us today for details on how our team can move your specialty cargo from ship to ground to market much faster.


Some Shippers Just Can't Contain Themselves

At the Port of San Diego, we process primarily specialty cargo that is not made for a standard container.

Breakbulk being unloaded at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal at the Port of San Diego

Breakbulk and Project Cargo

Breakbulk and Project Cargo Expertise




Refrigerated Cargo

Refrigerated cargo moves differently than dry container cargo – every minute spent keeping it cool requires special expertise.

Bauxite off-loading at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Port pf San Diego

Bulk Commodities

Bulk cargo ships a little differently than your standard container – requiring special skills, equipment and attention to detail.

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Cargo Service Providers

The Port of San Diego is committed to providing the full range of services needed for moving specialty cargo from ship to ground to market much faster – that is the special advantage the Port of San Diego offers. With that in mind, we are happy to provide information for an array of service partners to help with your cargo shipping needs.

Port of San Diego
Container Traffic

May 2020

Loaded Inbound 7,536
Loaded Outbound 360
Empty Outbound 7,016