Industries We Serve

Commerce by Sea

Hampton Roads is home to the 3rd largest port on the East Coast and the only port positioned for continuous expansion. It is home to the only East Coast port equipped to handle the megaships that can transit the Panama Canal, making it a gateway to international commerce.

Signature Event: The State of the Port

Virginia’s biggest maritime event of the year. The State of the Port has been held annually since 1981, providing important updates on the Port’s performance, land and waterside infrastructure projects, and it’s impact as an economic engine for the commonwealth. The State of the Port is comprised of one or more events, the most recent of which included a reception Taste of Virginia, the State of the Port Address, and an afternoon harbor cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk.

Commerce by Air

The Hampton Roads area is host to two international airports, the Norfolk Internaitonal Airport (ORF) and the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). These airports provide service to more than 26 airports, 16 of which are international gateways.

Signature Event: The State of the Airport

A networking event and professional address exploring the issues important to our airports. Presented by the leaders of our local airports and attended by industry professionals far and wide, the State of the Airport is a must-attend event for anyone involved with air-driven transportation to and from Hampton Roads.

Commerce by Truck

Hampton Roads is a hub for trucking goods across the country and into international ports. Norfolk is within a two-day truck drive of approximately 70% of the U.S. population and over 307,000 manufacturing facilities. Interstate routes I-264 and I-64 (west) link the region to Interstate routes I-85 and I-95 (north/south).

Commerce by Rail

Hampton Roads is home to Norfolk Southern and the Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line which provide rail access to Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). 37% of cargo arrives and departs the port by rail, the largest percentage of any East Coast port in the United States.