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Columbia River ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs, impacts on other cargo

From the Daily News:

At least 870 jobs are directly tied to steel imports at the Ports of Kalama and Vancouver, so when President Trump starts talking about slapping tariffs on steel, Southwest Washington ports get understandably uneasy.

While the Trump administration delayed any decision on steel tariffs for several months, local ports and companies […]


$6 million in grants support Port of Stockton project

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a $1.9 million grant to the Port of Stockton for critical infrastructure upgrades to support regional economic growth.

Richard Aschieris, director of the Port of Stockton, welcomed the award and noted it was one of nearly $6 million in grants his agency had won to help improve Navy Drive […]


Port of Hueneme receives U.S Department of Commerce grant

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced on August 24, 2015 that the Port of Hueneme was one of this year’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant awardees. The award of nearly $1.5 million to the Oxnard Harbor District will be used to make improvements to the wharf and berth of this critical shipping hub. Projections […]


White House releases plan to make Arctic shipping safer

From the Chicago Tribune:

As Arctic ice melts away, opening the way for greater oil development and mining, the White House outlined a plan on Thursday to promote safety and security in the region by building ports, improving forecasts of sea ice, and developing shipping rules.

The White House plan was released on the same […]


Tschudi Shipping exploring possibility of Alaskan port

Alaska’s location has made it prominent in discussions about the development of Arctic shipping.

Tschudi Shipping is to explore the possibility of establishing a transshipment port in western Alaska, Lt Governor Mead Treadwell said.

Tschudi wants to establish a location to serve as an intermediate or transshipment site for goods and commodities shipped to […]


U.S. Willing To Invest In A New Nicaragua Canal To Rival The Panama Canal

The U.S. public and private sectors would be willing to come together to jointly invest in the construction of a $40 billion “Nicaragua Canal” that would rival the Panama Canal, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce official.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Walter Bastian said that he finds the project “fascinating” and that the U.S. government […]


Commerce Secretary Promotes Export Initiative

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke called upon small and mid-size companies to increase their profits and hasten the U.S. economic recovery by becoming more engaged in exports.

President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which is being promoted by trade-oriented agencies such as the Department of Commerce and the Export-Import Bank … seeks to double exports by 2015, […]


Tacoma port’s foreign trade zone value tripled in FY2010

Tacoma's foreign trade zone ranks third among the 35 West Coast zones, behind San Diego and Long Beach, CA.

The total dollar value of cargo moved through the Port of Tacoma’s foreign trade zone tripled in the past fiscal year. For the U.S. government fiscal-year 2010 (which ended Sept. 30, 2010), more than $1.3 […]