Tide begins to rise for Port of Portland

Tide begins to rise for Port of Portland


The Port of Portland estimates that its marine activities affect more than 154,000 jobs and generate $921 million in regional business revenues each year.  It is the leading auto port on the West Coast, and in 2006 handled a record 463,557 units, a 31% increase in volume over 2005. Container traffic jumped artificially in 2003-2004 due to a large export of empty containers after the Longshoreman’s strike of 2002, but in 2006 there was a genuine increase in this valuable traffic — 38% for imported and 31% for exported containers — and a 16% jump in the number of vessels calling. Nevertheless, Portland remains a small fry compared to Southern California and Seattle-Tacoma-area ports, and declined 43% in container traffic between 2000 and 2005, as other Western ports swelled.



SOURCES: Port of Portland, U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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