Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership



Sarnia-Lambton is served by a superb network of highways that connects the region to the Great Lakes industrial corridor, the southern United States, and Mexico. Go to the Economic Partnership's interative mapping to see our transportation systems.

Highway 402 is a  limited access, multiple lane freeway running from the Michigan/Ontario border in the west to London and Highway 401 in the east. There are eight Highway 402 interchanges within Sarnia-Lambton.

Highway 40 runs south from Highway 402 through the major industrial corridor in Sarnia and St. Clair Township and into Chatham-Kent where it connects with Highway 401. Within Sarnia and St. Clair Township, portions of Highway 40 are four-lanes. Currently, a study funded by the Ontario Transportation Ministry, is evaluating options for expanding all sections of the Highway in Sarnia to four lanes.

Highway 21 runs north from Highway 402 through the municipality of Lambton Shores where it runs parallel to the Lake Huron shoreline into Huron County and the Grey-Bruce region of Ontario.

Arterial County Roads

County Road 21 runs from Highway 402 south to the border of Chatham-Kent. It serves as the main access road to the Village of Wyoming and the Town of Petrolia.

County Road 79 runs from Highway 402 south to the border of Chatham-Kent. It serves as the main access roads to the communities of Watford and Alvinston.

County Road 26, running north from Highway 402 in Plympton Township, connects with County Road 7.

County Road 7 runs parallel to the Lake Huron shoreline where it joins Highway 21 in North Lambton County.

Free and Secure Trade (F.A.S.T.) Program

The Free and Secure Trade Program (F.A.S.T.) is a harmonized commercial program between Canada Border Services Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Customs and Border Protection. The F.A.S.T. program allows pre-approved low risk importers, carriers, and drivers, to be cleared into either country with greater speed and certainty, and at a reduced cost of compliance. To learn more about F.A.S.T. click here.

Freight Carriers

Sarnia-Lambton's freight carriers can satisfy a variety of industrial shipping needs. You can learn more about the following brokerage firms in our Sarnia-Lambton Business Directory:

  • Abacus Truck Line 1948 Ltd.
  • Ausable Transport Ltd.
  • Big Iron Transport (1997) Inc.
  • Big T Delivery
  • Brian Pite Freight Inc.
  • Budmar Transport Inc.
  • Clark Motor Express Canada
  • D & L Services
  • Dallas Haul Inc.
  • Focus Express Inc.
  • Ford, John A., Trucking Ltd.
  • Harmac Transportation Inc.
  • JMS Industrial Services (a Division of Harold Marcus Ltd)
  • JMS Warehousing Inc.
  • Keohan, John
  • Lamco Group Inc.
  • Lightfoot Transport
  • Praxair - Transportation
  • Quality Carriers Inc.
  • Rick Williams Enterprises Inc.
  • Rumford Canary Lines
  • Slow Poke Leasing Ltd.
  • Street Cartage Limited
  • Superior Carriers Inc.
  • Tank Truck Transport Inc.
  • Transvision Logistics
  • Trimac Transportation Services Inc.
  • TST Overland Express

Customs Brokers

Because of its border location Sarnia-Lambton has an excellent complement of custom brokerages. Acting on behalf of their clients, the customs brokers will prepare the necessary import or export documents they receive from the freight forwarder, correctly classify the goods and pay the duty and forward the shipments as directed.

You can learn more about the following brokerage firms in our Sarnia-Lambton Business Directory:

  • Affiliated Customs Brokers, Village of Point Edward
  • Air, Land & Sea, City of Sarnia
  • Cargill Aghorizons, City of Sarnia
  • DHL Global Forwarding, Village of Point Edward
  • Federated Customs Brokers, Village of Point Edward
  • Fedex Trade Network, Village of Point Edward
  • Gateway Customs Broker & Transborder Services, Village of Point Edward
  • Hewitt, S.M. (Sarnia) Ltd., Village of Point Edward
  • Livingston International Inc., Village of Point Edward
  • Russell A. Farrow Ltd., City of Sarnia
  • UPS-SCS Inc., Village of Point Edward
  • W.G. McKay Ltd. Customs Brokers, Village of Point Edward
  • Willson International Ltd., Village of Point Edward


Sarnia-Lambton's industries are served by both CN North America and CSX Transportation.

Canadian National

Canadian National (CN) is the principal rail carrier in the Greater Sarnia Area. Major customers include BP Energy Canada, NOVA Chemicals, Superior Propane, Provident Energy, CF Industries, Cabot Canada, LANXESS, Suncor Energy Products Inc., Shell Canada. CN also operates the St. Clair Rail Tunnel under the St. Clair River between Sarnia and Port Huron, Michigan. This tunnel accommodates double-stacked containers and multi-level carriers with non-stop efficiency. CN maintains five rail yards in the region, including a public-transfer facility with standing capacity for 1,000 cars; a working yard with 600-car capacity; another with 275-car capacity; an equipment repair yard; and one yard devoted to BP Energy.

CSX Transportation

In Sarnia-Lambton, CSX Transportation serves Imperial Oil, Suncor, Ethyl, Air Liquide, LANXESS, and Shell. Canadian National moves CSX rail cars in and out of the region. .

Rail Car Maintenance

Given the considerable volume of rail traffic through Sarnia-Lambton, an extensive maintenance infrastructure exists, with services provided by: Procor Limited, GATX Canada Inc., the Oil Well Supply Company Limited, and ARI Fleet Services of Canada Inc.


The Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport is a certified facility that operates from 6:00AM to 12:00 midnight. It is roughly five kilometres (three miles) east of Sarnia's city core, and offers direct access to Highway 402. The Sarnia airport provides commuter links to Pearson International in Toronto. For more details, visit:

Detroit Metropolitan International airport is approximately an hour's drive from Sarnia-Lambton, Detroit Metropolitan offers service to major U.S. and international destinations, and is Northwest Airlines' largest North American hub. For more details, visit:

Bishop International Airport is located in Flint, Michigan, just over an hour's drive west of Sarnia along Interstate-69. Daily air service is offered to many US destinations, including Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, and Orlando. Bishop is serviced by Delta. For more details, visit:

London International Airport is located just over an hour's drive east of Sarnia via Highway 402. It provides flights to points in Canada and the USA. For more details visit

Port Facilities

The Sarnia Harbour is owned by the City of Sarnia. See the website at

The Port of Sarnia encompasses a large geographical area, which includes various communities and private facilities as well as the Public Port Facility and contributes significantly to the economy of Sarnia. The port provides seagoing access for supplies and project cargo to the area and to export goods to national and international markets. It also provides a year-round berthing and repair facility for Great Lakes shipping.

Located near the junction of the St. Clair River and Lake Huron.

Navigation is seasonal from March to the end of December.


Lat. 42º 58'0”N
Long. 82º 25'0” W
NOAA Chart: #14852


Harbour Master / Wharfinger
Fresh Water*
Sewage Disposal* (by truck)
Fuel* (by truck)
Ship Repair*
Winter Berthing
(* indicates by arrangement only)

Pilotage  - Compulsory

Approach Channel  - Width 471.0m

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Depth of berths may vary. Mariners must consult nautical charts.


Government Dock - Length 320.0m
East Dock               - Length 140.0m
North Slip #1          - Length 220.0m
North Slip #2          - Length 220.0m

Storage - Available (Limited)

Sarnia Harbourmaster:
Allan Columbus, telephone 519-337-5121, email

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