ORE. (Feb. 3, 2014) – Growth
in Exports, New Development Emerge as Trends in Port’s Annual Results
back at the Port of Portland’s maritime trade statistics and industrial
development projects over the past year, two notable trends emerged: increased
export activity and facility investment.
the successful start of Ford vehicle exports to China and Korea, increased
demand for mineral exports, investment in new ship loaders, and a $40 million
expansion of Columbia Grain’s Terminal 5 grain facility, the outlook for
increased export volume looks promising.
Portland is one of the top auto handling ports in the U.S., the largest mineral
export gateway on the U.S. West Coast and the largest wheat export hub in the
U.S. With total throughput of nearly 12 million tons, and more than 500 ship
calls, the 2013 volume totals are as follows:
(import/export) – 262,512, down 7.6%
(import) – 903,067, down 8.3%
(import/export) – 178,451 TEU, down 2.6%
containers – 82,336 TEU, up 13.3%
containers – 96,115 TEU, down 11.5%
(export) – 3,511,490 tons, down 12.7%
(exports) – 5,072,060, up 5.7%
tonnage – 11,937,580 tons, down 3.4%
tonnage was down slightly for the calendar year, the Port finished 2013 with
one of the highest volume months in recent history with 1.3 million tons
handled in December and posted fiscal year gains at the halfway point that bode
well for the year ahead.
the labor front, a jurisdictional dispute was resolved at the container
terminal through direct involvement from Governor Kitzhaber. The Port and its
terminal operator, ICTSI Oregon, await a pending decision by Hanjin Shipping on
whether the carrier will continue to call Portland. Full import containers were
up 13.3% in 2013.
the landside, expansion projects, new construction and pending development
projects at the Port’s marine terminals, industrial parks and other properties
are yielding private investment, short and long term employment opportunities
and economic benefits for the region.
Port amended a lease agreement and worked closely with Business Oregon and
Portland Development Commission to help land Daimler Trucks North America’s new
headquarters project on Swan Island. It will house up to 1,200 employees and
prompt an estimated $150 million in private investment to construct the
building. The project will bring at least 350 new high salary jobs.
Rivergate Industrial District, Archer Daniels Midland Company constructed a new
sweetener terminal, and Ajinomoto North America added a 9,000 square foot
consumer foods division office and a research and development center. At
Portland International Center, the first phase of a three building, 833,360
square foot state-of-the-art logistics park is currently under construction.
and expansion were also common themes at the marine terminals. This included
removal of antiquated equipment, new road and rail enhancements, additional
storage facilities to add capacity and new ship loaders to increase efficiency.
Auto Warehousing Company also completed a $2.8 million project to expand its
processing building. The building grew by 27,000 square feet and boosted
capacity to more than 110,000 vehicles annually.
Port continues to develop and market Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park – home
to a FedEx Ground regional distribution hub – and Gresham Vista Industrial
Park. Gresham Vista joined Oregon's Certified Industrial Lands program, and
will be an eco-industrial district fostering sustainable design and operational
practices. An 11,000-square-foot clinic for Fresenius Medical Care North
America was the first new construction on one of the only commercially zoned
Port decided to withdraw its consent to annex West Hayden Island when it became
clear that the City’s mitigation requirements were not proportionate to
potential development impacts and would price any developable land out of the
market. Despite this outcome, industrial land remains a critical part of the
Port’s strategic plan.
one of the largest industrial landowners in the state, the Port continues to
make the best possible use of its existing properties and is committed to
identifying sites to attract traded sector companies that sell goods and
services internationally. To this end, the Port has also extended its service
area for foreign trade zones through an alternative site framework to help
attract more businesses to the area.
addition to its offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Taipei, the Port has
expanded overseas representation in mainland China with offices in Shanghai and
Tianjin. Agents in these Port offices are responsible for marketing and
retention efforts by maintaining direct customer contact abroad.
more information about the Port of Portland, go to www.portofportland.com.
About the Port of Portland
Established in 1891 by the Oregon Legislature, the Port of
Portland owns four marine terminals, three airports (Portland International,
Hillsboro, and Troutdale) and five industrial parks. The mission of the Port is
to enhance the region's economy and quality of life by providing efficient
cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets.