BNSF to Operate New Tacoma Harbor Facility

BNSF to Operate New Tacoma Harbor Facility

BNSF Railway Co. and managing members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance in July agreed to a 16-acre lease that would allow the rail company to create and run a domestic intermodal facility at Lot M in the Tacoma Harbor. The new facility is expected to bolster cargo movement between the NWSA and inland U.S. markets, giving NWSA the business advantage of being served by two mainline railroads for domestic container movement. “Growing the NWSA’s domestic intermodal volumes has long been a goal for the Seattle and Tacoma gateway,” NWSA Co-Chair and Port of Tacoma Commissioner President Don Meyer stated. “The…
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Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at NWSA

Monthly Cargo Volumes Down at NWSA

Maritime cargo volumes last month fell 10.3% to 309,123 TEUs at the Northwest Seaport Alliance seaports of Seattle and Tacoma, with imports tumbling 15.4% and full exports dropping 8.8% compared to the same month last year, according to data released July 19. The ports saw lowered vessel calls brought on by congestion at other ports, ongoing service suspensions and above average import numbers from June 2021 as factors in the declining numbers, Seaport Alliance data show. Year-to-date volumes are behind by 4% to 1,806,732 TEUs, with imports down 6.9% and exports falling 24.2%, according to NWSA’s figures. “Ocean carriers have…
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NW Seaport Alliance Nets Sixth Consecutive Green Honor

NW Seaport Alliance Nets Sixth Consecutive Green Honor

The Northwest Seaport Alliance scored Inbound Logistics’ Green Supply Chain Partner honor for the sixth year in a row. The NWSA, which consists of the marine cargo operations at ports of Seattle and Tacoma, was among the 75 organizations across the supply chain industry chosen by the longtime trade publication to spotlight their sustainability efforts. NWSA, one of only two U.S. port agencies chosen in 2022, said it was being acknowledged for enacting “best practices that ‘leave a positive footprint on the world.’” This recognition highlights NWSA’s commitment to protecting the environment through proactive and collaborative partnerships with supply chain…
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Seattle, Tacoma Ports Mark 50-Plus Years of Mazda Imports

Seattle, Tacoma Ports Mark 50-Plus Years of Mazda Imports

The Seattle and Tacoma seaports recently marked more than a half century of moving Mazda vehicles through the Pacific Northwest. The carmaker first started importing vehicles through the region on April 14, 1970 – first through Seattle, and then through Tacoma almost a decade later – making Mazda the longest-running automobile to move through Tacoma. So far, roughly 1.9 million Mazda vehicles have been processed through the Northwest Seaport Alliance gateway, according to data from the ports. The NWSA estimates that every Mazda ship call generates an average of 40 to 45 longshore worker jobs, as well as other supply…
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March Trade with Asia Up at L.A., Long Beach, Down at Oakland, NWSA: PMSA Report

March Trade with Asia Up at L.A., Long Beach, Down at Oakland, NWSA: PMSA Report

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach posted gains in East Asia-related trade in the month of March, while ports in Oakland and the Northwest Seaport Alliance – consisting of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma – saw decreases, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s latest West Coast Trade Report. Combined, the five major West Coast gateways processed 56.9% of all containerized import tonnage coming to the U.S. from Asia in March, up slightly from 56.8% the previous year, according to the report. “However, the Big Five’s combined share of the value of containerized imports from East Asia…
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USDA, Seaport Alliance Partnering on Agricultural Exports

USDA, Seaport Alliance Partnering on Agricultural Exports

In an effort to help agricultural and refrigerated exports flow through the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Northwest Seaport Alliance are teaming up to expand access to a 49-acre “pop up” yard in Seattle that could temporarily store dry agricultural or refrigerated containers, the USDA has announced. The partnership calls for the Farm Service Agency to pay agricultural companies and cooperatives $200 per dry container and $400 per refrigerated to use the pop-up site to pre-position containers with American-grown agricultural goods, according to the NWSA. Exporters have been having a tough time moving goods…
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