Overview - Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal

thumb_DSC_6388San Diego is the only major West Coast port combining all the assets of a great natural, all-weather harbor and extensive on-dock distribution facilities with the resultant elimination of the expense of local drayage from on-dock to off-dock warehouses.

This provides the importer with a competitive advantage over all other West Coast ports. Principal inbound cargoes are perishables and refrigerated commodities, fertilizer, cement, breakbulk commodities, and forest products (including newsprint, cut paper and cut sheet stock). Primary export cargoes include refrigerated cargo, breakbulk and bulk commodities. Dole Fresh Fruit Company is a tenant of the terminal, importing about 2 billion bananas a year.

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Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal Description

Features and Highlights:

  • 96 Acres, Maximum Channel Depth of 43 feet
  • 8 berths
  • Bulk Loader, Automated Silo Complex
  • State-of-the-Art On-Dock Cold Storage Facility
  • Mobile Harbor Crane (lift capacity 100 metric tons)
  • U.S. Customs and USDA inspection services
  • 24-hour operations and terminal security
  • Strategic Port

Size and Space

  • 300,000 square feet of refrigerated, frozen on-dock space
  • 1,000,000 square feet of warehouses and transit sheds
  • 25 acres of paved open space for laydown of steel and project cargo

Vehicle, Breakbulk, and Heavy Lift Capacity

  • Experience handling perishables and other specialty breakbulk, including cement, steel, windmill parts, vehicles


  • Streamlined track configuration
  • Efficient railcar and truck loading
  • 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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