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e-Port News, October 2011


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October 2011

Tacoma's breakbulk volumes remain strong, containers up slightly
The Port of Tacoma's year-to-date breakbulk volumes are up 67 percent, led by strong agricultural and construction machinery exports.

The Port's year-to-date container volumes through September continue to be up 2 percent, with the Port handling 1,107,096 TEUs. Full export container volumes are up 16 percent year-to-date through September, reflecting the continued strength of agricultural and lumber exports.

The lack of U.S. consumer confidence is reflected in the Port's 2 percent reduction in full import container volumes for that same time period. Overall, import container volumes are also down for the U.S. West Coast.

Other year-to-date cargo highlights include:

  • Auto imports (units) up 44 percent
  • Log exports up 75 percent

View all Port cargo stats.

U.S.-Korea free trade agreement will help boost Washington state's economy
Last week's passage of the free trade agreement with Korea is expected to help boost Washington state's economy and create new jobs by immediately opening new access for Washington goods and services in Korea's $1 trillion economy.

South Korea already represents the Port of Tacoma's third-largest international trading partner, accounting for $2.74 billion in annual trade. Exports to South Korea from Washington state grew by 42 percent between 2005 and 2008.

The agreement also established a "level playing field" in Korea for Washington state workers and businesses to compete. More than 90 percent of aircraft and related equipment, and many other manufactured goods produced in Washington, can enter Korea duty free. Korean duties on major Washington agricultural products - such as cherries, asparagus and wine - will be eliminated. Full implementation of the Korea trade agreement could generate nearly 7,025 jobs in Washington, according to U.S. International Trade Commission.

Port Commission President Connie Bacon expressed her special thanks to Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Reps. Dave Reichert, Adam Smith and Norm Dicks for voting for this important job-creating legislation. Learn more

Tacoma ScRAPS aims to improve air quality
Funding is available to help truck drivers purchase newer, lower-emission trucks to meet the standards of the Port of Tacoma Clean Truck Program and improve regional air quality. Currently, all trucks serving Port terminals are required to have 1994 or newer engines, and by 2015, trucks are required to have 2007 or newer engines.

The office for the Tacoma Truck Scrappage and Replacement for Air in Puget Sound (Tacoma ScRAPS) is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2002 Stewart St. in Tacoma. Operated through a partnership between the City of Tacoma and Cascade Sierra Solutions (CSS), the program provides truckers with up to $30,000 to scrap and replace an older truck.

Truck drivers and dispatchers can learn more about the program at an information session Friday, Oct. 21, at the Fabulich Center (see calendar).


Friday, Oct. 21
Tacoma ScRAPS information session
The Fabulich Center, Room 104
3600 Port of Tacoma Rd.
Noon to 1 p.m.
More information

Oct. 23-26
Footwear Traffic Distribution and Customs Conference
Hilton Waterfront Breach Resort
Huntington Beach, Calif.

Tuesday, Oct. 25
Tacoma Propeller Club
Dinner meeting
LaQuinta Inn
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $25
RSVP: 253-627-0671 or cnigretto@portoftacoma.com

Oct. 25-27
Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference & Exhibition
New Orleans
Port of Tacoma will be in booth 835

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Transportation Club of Seattle
Rainier Golf and Country Club, Seattle
Speaker: Port of Tacoma Commissioner Don Meyer
Cost: $24 prepaid, or $30 at the door

Nov. 13-15
Intermodal Expo
Intermodal Association of North America
Atlanta, Ga.

Monday, Nov. 14
Tacoma Transportation Club lunch
C.I. Shenanigan's
Speaker: Steve Schellenberg, vice president of business development, IMS Worldwide
Cost: $20 prepaid, or $25 at the door

Monday, Nov. 21
Washington Trade Conference
Westin Hotel, Seattle
7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $125 ($95 for WCIT and Seattle Chamber members before November 18 registration deadline; fee includes breakfast and lunch)


Do you think the global economy is stronger today than it was a year ago?

Email your answer to businessreport@portoftacoma.com. Three responders, chosen at random, will win a special gift. Entries close Friday, Oct. 28.

Answer to last month's trivia: The first three Port commissioners were C. W. Orton, Edward Kloss and Chester Thorne.

NOTE: Port of Tacoma employees and family members can enter for fun, but they are not eligible to win the prizes in this contest.

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