Auto Exports Boosted by ConnectOregon Grant

Wednesday, June 28

To support the continued growth in auto exports, Ford Motor Co. and Auto Warehousing Co. joined the Port of Portland to cut the ribbon this May on a new 18.9-acre storage and staging yard adjacent to Terminal 6.

Many of the Ford vehicles bound for the Far East exit the states through the Port's Terminal 6. The American-made cars are shipped by rail from assembly plants to Portland, where the cars are driven onto "ro-ro" ships (roll-on/roll-off) bound for China, the Philippines and South Korea.

Auto export volumes have grown steadily over the last several years, with more than 50,000 vehicles moving through Terminal 6 in 2016. A total of 291,000 vehicles (both imports and exports, including Toyotas at our Terminal 4) rolled through Portland docks last year. That's an 11 percent increase over the previous year.

The $7 million lot expansion was supported by a $2.6 million ConnectOregon grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The lot, which can hold about 3,000 vehicles, features porous pavement to minimize stormwater runoff, and offers energy efficient LED lighting.

The Port's auto story traces back to 1953 with the import of Volkswagens through Terminal 1. Since then, well over 11 million vehicles have come through Portland facilities.

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