Norfolk International Terminals (NIT)

Located on 567 acres along the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers, Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) is the Virginia Port Authority’s largest terminal. Served by 14 super Post-Panamax class ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, NIT has a total of 6,630 linear feet of berthing, dredged to 50’,capable of handling the newest class of Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) now calling the East Coast.

NIT is divided into three major sections: the South Terminal, the North Terminal and the Central Rail Yard. The terminal has direct, on-dock rail access to Norfolk Southern’s Heartland Corridor, allowing second-day double-stack service to inland markets.  CSX Intermodal access is also available at NIT.  Expanded rail services are critical to our customers in the Midwest and Ohio Valley, ensuring NIT’s position as a competitive gateway terminal.

In January 2018, construction began on a $452 million terminal optimization project.  This state-funded project will increase the total capacity of NIT by 46 percent within the same footprint. In total, The Port of Virginia will have an added capacity of over 1 million containers due to the expansion project at Virginia International Gateway and the terminal optimization project at NIT. These historic investments ensure that our ocean carriers, cargo owners and transportation partners will have room to expand their international business for decades to come. Growth at The Port of Virginia means more jobs and greater economic prosperity for our Commonwealth.

In November 2020, two new ship-to-shore cranes will arrive at NIT and the South NIT optimization will be complete, offering:

  • 30 new container stacks
  • 60 new semi-automated rail-mounted gantry cranes
  • Capacity expansion of 400,000 additional annual container lifts

In December 2020, the new STS cranes will be in service, giving NIT 16 STS cranes, spread over six berths. NIT is now positioned as an industry leader in efficiency, offering customers abundant capacity, designed to meet their transportation and logistics needs today, and in the years to come.

NIT is located adjacent to Interstates 64 and 564 and Hampton Boulevard in Norfolk.  Thousands of daily truck moves are processed through 42 interchange lanes and two on-terminal transfer zones.



Norfolk International Terminals is managed by Virginia International Terminals, LLC (VIT), a private operating company, through a Service Agreement with the Virginia Port Authority (VPA).