With the departure of container service at Terminal 6, the Port of Portland and ICTSI Oregon, Inc. agreed to terminate a lease agreement to operate the terminal container facility on March 31, 2017.
The Port has launched a new initiative to define the Port’s future role in container shipping at Terminal 6 and a sustainable business model to serve Oregon and Pacific Northwest shippers. To support this effort, the Port has engaged a consultant team and industry leader committee to provide guidance on a new path forward with recommendations planned to the Port Commission in early 2018. Success will require the strong cooperation of cargo owners, labor and other partners to find creative solutions to provide access to markets.
Marine container service is critical to Oregon and regional shippers. Terminal 6 served a geographic and commodity market in Oregon, Idaho and southwest Washington. In 2014, Terminal 6 captured 53 percent of the Oregon market (exports and imports), with the remaining cargo moving through Puget Sound ports by rail or truck.