Container Shipping Support

Marine container service is critical to Oregon and regional shippers. Prior to the withdrawal of Hanjin and Hapag-Lloyd container service and suspension of Westwood service, over 1,000 shippers from 31 out of 36 Oregon counties moved cargo through the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 container facility operated by ICTSI Oregon.

To support Oregon shippers, we are working with stakeholders on three initiatives to assist exporters and importers in getting their products to and from global markets in a cost-efficient manner until new service is established at Terminal 6. We will update this page as information on these initiatives is available.

Interim Container Solutions
In April 2015, Oregon Governor Kate Brown approved a Trade and Logistics Initiative—led by Business Oregon, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Port— to find interim freight logistic solutions for Oregon small- and medium-sized exporters and importers impacted by the loss of container service. The work is intended to ensure that these businesses stay competitive in the global marketplace, facilitate international trade in the state, and support longer term recruitment of new container service to Terminal 6 for the benefit of all shippers.

As part of this work, the state team is holding workshops with shippers and economic development partners around the state to identify and develop interim freight solutions to consolidate and move products to and from global markets. Information from these workshops, coupled with research on Oregon’s import and export markets, will serve as the basis for recommendations on investments for consideration by the 2016 Legislature.

Terminal 6 Container Service Recruitment
On a parallel path, we are working with the Terminal 6 operator ICTSI to actively market the terminal for new container service to Asia, Europe and Latin America, which is critical to our state. While regional cargo volumes continue to grow and will support Portland container operations, restoring service is a complex challenge and will likely require the collaboration of the Port, ICTSI, shippers and longshore labor to be successful.

We continue to join other stakeholders to support resolution of labor-management issues required to return terminal operations to productivity levels necessary to sustain on-going carrier service.

Port of Portland Shipper Information
For assistance with freight logistics needs, please contact:

Robert Smith
Marine Cargo Business Development Manager

Terminal Operator
7201 N. Marine Drive
Portland, Oregon 97203