Port is #1 for west coast auto exports
The Port of Portland is the leader for auto exports on the west coast.
In 2017, more than 87,000 Ford vehicles were exported through the Port.
The combined number of auto imports and exports added up to 314,000 vehicles.
This is a 7.8 percent increase from the year before - a 73 percent increase on the export side.
Last year, the Port and tenant Auto Warehousing Company added space for auto staging in the Rivergate Industrial District near Terminal 6.
The 18.9-acre storage and staging yard helped support the growth of export vehicles.
"Our export boom highlights the strong demand for American-made cars in Asia," said Keith Leavitt, the Port's chief commercial officer. "This positive trend translates into more than 600 direct local jobs for dockworkers, processors and others working in our supply chain."
Cars manufactured in the U.S. are shipped by rail from assembly plants to the Port's docks, where vehicles are driven on ships bound for China and other parts of the Far East.
The Port also handles import models such as Hyundais, Toyotas, and Hondas that make their first stop in Portland before they are distributed to dealerships across the west.