Port of Portland Leads as Auto Distribution Hub

Feb. 14

Go behind the scenes of the Port of Portland’s active auto terminals and see the logistics and skill involved in being part of the global auto manufacturing network.   

With the Port's proximity to Asia, Portland has become a leading auto distribution hub — No.1 on the U.S. West Coast for exports. American-made cars are shipped by rail from assembly plants to the Port's docks, where vehicles are driven on "ro-ro" ships (roll-on/roll-off) bound for China and other parts of the Far East. Many imports such as Hyundais, Toyotas, and Hondas also make their first stop in Portland before being shipped to dealerships across the region.

The Port’s auto story can be traced back to 1953 with the import of Volkswagens through Terminal 1. Since then, well-over 11 million vehicles have come through Port facilities.

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