About The Port of Virginia
The Virginia Port Authority was established in 1952 as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of stimulating commerce of the ports of the Commonwealth, promoting the shipment of goods and cargoes through the ports, improving the navigable tidal waters within the Commonwealth, and in general to perform any act or function which may be useful in developing, improving, or increasing the commerce of the ports of the Commonwealth. The Authority owns and is responsible for the operations and security of three marine terminals: Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT), and Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT), and an inland intermodal facility, the Virginia Inland Port (VIP) located in Front Royal, Virginia. These facilities primarily handle import and export containerized and break-bulk cargoes.
Virginia International Terminals, LLC, (VIT) was incorporated as a non-stock, nonprofit corporation on June 30, 1981, for the purpose of operating all the marine terminals owned by the Authority. VIT operates the state-owned ports through a Service Agreement with the Virginia Port Authority. The organization structure of VIT provides it the ability to enter into contracts with union labor (prohibited by state agencies under state law), negotiate and enter into contractual relationships with ship lines and others while not being subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and more efficiently manage the flow of traffic at the marine terminals. To contact VIT, please visit their website at www.vit.org.