Port of Tacoma
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The Port of Tacoma is a major center for container cargo, bulk, breakbulk, autos and heavy-lift cargo. Created by Pierce County citizens in 1918, the Port of Tacoma has become one of the largest container ports in North America and one of the top 50 in the world. Located on Commencement Bay, a natural deepwater harbor in South Puget Sound, the Port is ideally situated for creating jobs through Pacific Rim trade. The Port of Tacoma encompasses about 3,000 acres of land on the Tacoma Tideflats and the Frederickson industrial development site 13 miles south of Tacoma. Five publicly elected commissioners govern the Port district, which encompasses all of Pierce County. Commission meetings are open to the public. The meetings also are available for viewing live and on demand from the Port's website and rebroadcast throughout Pierce County on local TV channels. Each year, the Port receives about 1.7 percent of the property taxes that Pierce County homeowners pay. The money helps to pay off general obligation bonds for Port-related projects that benefit the broader public, such as road improvements and environmental projects.
Jobs & Economic Impact
Port activities account for more than 43,000 jobs—about one in six—in Pierce County, and 113,000 jobs in Washington state, according to a 2005 study. These jobs pay 41 percent more than the average local wage, generating $637 million in annual wages in Pierce County. Port activities contribute more than $90 million each year in state and local taxes. Of that total, more than $12 million each year stays in the local community. These taxes help support schools, roads and public safety throughout our community.
Port facilities include marine terminals, on-dock rail yards, cargohandling equipment, and industrial property with warehouses, docks and other amenities available to lease or develop.
2009 cargo statistics:
- 1.5 million containers, contributing to more than $25 billion in international trade
- 70 percent of cargo shipped to Alaska, equaling about $3.5 billion in trade
- 117,000 autos
- 6.5 million short tons of grain
- 92,500 short tons of breakbulk cargo
- More than $6 billion worth of exports