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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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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