Overview - National City Marine Terminal

National City Marine Terminal (Courtesy: Dale Frost)The National City Marine Terminal, located on the National City waterfront, is the most advanced vehicle import/export facility on the West Coast. It is a first-rate facility for special breakbulk, heavy equipment and major project cargo.

Owned by the Port of San Diego, and operated by Pasha Automotive Services, the terminal services as the primary port of entry for one out of every eight cars imported to the United States. Audi, Bentley, Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Lotus, Mitsubishi Fuso, Porsche, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia are all imported. It also expertly handles lumber and other large project cargo.

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National City Marine Terminal Description

Features and Highlights:

  • 135 Acres, Maximum Channel Depth of 35 feet
  • Can handle more than 500,000 vehicles per year
  • Dockside rail facility
  • On-site auto processing specialists
  • Automated cargo tracking and data collection
  • Strategic Port

Size and Space:

  • 7 berths (4,924 ft./1,501 m.)
  • Open and covered storage space

Pasha Auto Processing Specialists On-Site

  • Latest computer technology for detailed inspections and reporting
  • Proprietary advanced, real-time vehicle tracking system
  • Highly skilled technicians, facilities ensure cars are showroom-ready
  • Homeport to Pasha Hawaii's Jean Anne

Vehicle, Breakbulk, and Heavy Lift Capacity

  • Experience handling automobiles and other specialty breakbulk, including lumber


  • Six ladder rail tracks on terminal
  • Streamlined track configuration
  • Rail service to Burlington Northern Santa Fe


  • Direct access to rail and three major interstate highways (Interstates 5, 8 and 15)
  • Less than 20 miles (32 kms.) from the U.S./Mexico International Border


  • Strong partnership with International Longshore and Warehouse Union provides and available skilled labor force

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