New container examination facility opens at Roberts Bank

News release

June 17, 2019 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Canada Border Services Agency

Today, Ken Baird, Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN); Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA); and John Linde, Acting Regional Director General of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), officially opened the CBSA Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility (TCEF) in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.

The TCEF is a new marine container examination facility designed to increase security and increase the examination capacity for goods arriving at the Vancouver marine ports of entry. Located in the Tsawwassen First Nation industrial lands, approximately five kilometers from the Port of Vancouver’s Deltaport terminal, the TCEF enables CBSA officers to conduct complete offload examinations of marine containers, arriving mainly from the Deltaport terminal and Fraser Surrey Docks. The facility also has another important purpose: serving as a general purpose warehouse facility.

Increasing efficiencies in the examination process improves the supply chain flow at ports of entry enabling goods to move more easily into the Canadian market. The CBSA is committed to providing a smarter, more secure, and efficient border by better identifying security risks and addressing security gaps. Through risk-based compliance, the CBSA can spend more time using leading-edge technology and intelligence to precisely identify and scrutinize higher and unknown-risk cargo.

State-of-the-art facilities like the TCEF help to create jobs and stimulate the economy. This investment has helped to position the Tsawwassen Gateway Logistics Park as the location of choice for the supply chain sector in the Lower Mainland, and the CBSA has finalized a targeted job selection process for TFN members and Indigenous persons. The new facility underscores the Government of Canada’s commitment to working with stakeholders, expediting legitimate cargo, and supporting Canadian business competitiveness. The success of the project is a direct result of strong partnerships between the TFN, the Government of Canada and the VFPA.


As an integral part of the container logistics flow in the Lower Mainland, the new Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility will help to reduce border processing times and create opportunities for businesses in Delta and across Canada while protecting the health, safety, and security of all Canadians. Our Government is committed to seeking opportunities that will be mutually beneficial for key partners, including port authorities, Indigenous Peoples, and the private sector.”

– Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

We are pleased to welcome the Canada Border Services Agency and their staff to our Lands. We are excited to be in a partnership that aims to secure and protect Canadians, while providing our members opportunities for employment.

– Ken Baird, Chief of Tsawwassen First Nation

“This project was built by the port authority through a partnership with Tsawwassen First Nation and its use will eliminate a significant volume of container truck traffic that has had to move through the region to what was, until now, the only other marine container inspection site. Delivering this facility is one way we’re supporting economic prosperity through trade while taking steps to maintain a healthy environment and support thriving communities.”

– Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

“This major project is a good example of how the Agency is working with partners and modernizing its technology and facilities to deliver high-quality border services for Canadians. We are pleased knowing that this investment has helped to position the Tsawwassen Gateway Logistics Park as the location of choice for the supply chain sector in the Lower Mainland.”

– John Linde, Acting Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency

Quick facts

  • The marine ports of entry in Vancouver receive 57% of the more than 2.5 million marine containers entering Canada each year.

  • The CBSA risk assesses 100% of all marine containers in order to identify potentially high-risk shipments. The vast majority of marine container shipments are processed and authorized by the CBSA to enter Canada without delay. A small percentage of containers is selected by the CBSA for examination, using state-of-the-art technology to facilitate the examination process.

  • The Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility is located on a 4.5 ha (11.4 acre) site within Tsawwassen First Nation industrial lands. It is adjacent to the 41B Street overpass, providing excellent access to Deltaport Way, and is approximately five kilometres from Deltaport Terminal.

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