National City Marine Terminal

The National City Marine Terminal, located on the National City waterfront at the south end of San Diego Bay, is the most advanced vehicle import/export facility on the West Coast.

Owned by the Port of San Diego, and operated by Pasha Automotive Services, the terminal serves as the primary port of entry for one out of every 10 new foreign cars shipped to the United States. Audi, Bentley, Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Lotus, Mitsubishi Fuso, Porsche, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia are all imported through the National City Marine Terminal (NCMT) by Pasha. The terminal also specializes in lumber and other large project cargo. A strong partnership with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) provides a skilled labor force to meet all shipping needs.


  • 135-acre complex
  • Four working berths
  • Depth of 35 feet
  • 10 miles from U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Direct access to on-dock class I rail
  • Minutes from interstates 5, 8, 15 and 805
  • Secure facilities for valuable cargo with 24-hour monitoring
  • Flexible storage opportunities

On the Horizon

The Port has developed a comprehensive plan for optimizing NCMT in partnership with Vickerman & Associates, a leader in marine terminal infrastructure planning. The National City Balanced Land use Plan is a new land use designation plan for part of the terminal and surrounding area.

This new land use plan will include a road closure that will provide the terminal with more contiguous space to improve terminal efficiency. It will also add more park space for the community to enjoy and provide a contiguous area for commercial development and recreation. The plan is going through an environmental review now to ensure alignment with our stewardship goals.

National City Marine Terminal Description

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