Portland, Oregon Says Goodbye to Container Port

Portland, Oregon as seen from the river
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The only container terminal in Portland, Oregon, is set to close at the end of September, as city officials decide to potentially repurpose the facility. The terminal has been without regular customers and has faced significant financial losses in recent years.

Going forward, shippers in the region are expected to utilize the Tacoma terminal in Washington for their shipping needs.

The Manila-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) had entered into a 25-year agreement with Portland in 2010, with annual payments of $4.5 million following an initial payment of $8 million. 

However, ICTSI ceased operations at the port's Terminal 6 in 2017 due to a lack of major clients and ongoing labor disputes. Subsequently, a court found that the local chapter of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had engaged in actions that disrupted shipping activities at the terminal, including prolonged labor slowdowns and stoppages.