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Welcome to the Port of Possibility
Capacity, Access and Accommodation.
The Port of Vancouver USA’s five terminals and 13 berths lie at the terminus of the Columbia River’s 43-foot, deep-draft shipping channel, creating an international transportation gateway. Two major North American railroad lines converge here. Primary freight arterials of the U.S. Interstate Highway network run north, east and south. More than 1.2 million square feet of waterfront warehousing mean ample storage space. Two Liebherr mobile harbor cranes—each with a lift capacity of 140 metric tons—make us the West Coast experts in break bulk and heavy lift cargo. And topping it off? Our exceptional customer service, including relationships with key resources in the logistics chain, helps us meet your shipping requirements with smart, fast, efficient and safe solutions.
Acres of Opportunity.
Combine our strategic location with access to key resources, including a highly skilled labor force and progressive business climate, and it’s clear the Port of Vancouver USA is teeming with the assets businesses need to grow and thrive.
The port currently occupies a total of 2,127 acres. In addition to more than 800 acres of developed, currently operating industrial and marine facilities, we have 600+ acres available for future development. Add to that over two million square feet of warehouse space and our investment in leading-edge facilities, and you can see why more than 50 tenants have made their home at the port of possibility.
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The Port of Vancouver USA brings jobs and prosperity to Southwest Washington. Port property is developed for maritime trade and industrial businesses that provide living-wage jobs, revenue for local and regional public services and a vital connection to the international marketplace.
Bringing Jobs Home. The port and businesses located here create about 2,300 direct jobs, earning nearly $99 million in annual payroll. Looking ahead, the port plans to add between 3,000-4,000 additional jobs within the next 15-20 years with new and long-term development projects.
Vancouver’s Global Connections. The port’s maritime business is influenced by the fluctuations of global supply and demand for food, energy, construction and growth. By diversifying cargo, the port works hard to keep jobs and economic benefits in Clark County through a steady flow of trade.
Connecting with the Community. We understand that as our neighbors, you have a vested interest in how the port operates and grows. Your comments and involvement are encouraged and appreciated. Get involved by attending regular commission or public meetings, taking port tours or visiting our website. You can also contact us to have a port representative attend your group’s next meeting.
Your comments or questions are important to us. Email us or call us at 360-693-3611.
What’s good for the environment is good for all of us.
At the Port of Vancouver USA, we measure success in many ways—none more vital than our ability to keep our air, land and water clean. In fact, we’ve made ecological responsibility central to how we do business. We believe that environmental stewardship and economic development can co-exist, and as community citizens, we are committed to preserving natural spaces and managing resources wisely. The following four values outline this commitment:
Integrated Decision Making
We incorporate environmental costs, risks, impacts and benefits into our business choices, operating decisions and facility planning. Environmental responsibility is part of our corporate culture.
Sustaining our natural resources is important. We work hard to protect our air shed, lands and water. In everything we do, we strive to conserve energy, and we maximize the use of sustainable resources in the construction and operation of our facilities and the delivery of our services. The port formalized our sustainability efforts with the “We Can!” project by recognizing past sustainability accomplishments.
The port avoids contamination of property through best management practices and effective safeguarding programs. We continue to efficiently remediate cleanup sites to the benefit of the environment and for future industrial use and job creation. We also work with tenants to emphasize ongoing environmental responsibility.
We meet or exceed regulatory requirements in the construction and operation of our facilities and delivery of our services.
The Port of Vancouver USA is home to really interesting stories, from gigantic cranes to mile-long trains. We are the Pacific Northwest gateway to the world, with approximately five million tons of cargo moving across our docks each year, and our top trading partners include Japan, Australia, China, Europe, South Korea and South America.
The port also is home to more than 50 industrial tenants that vary from panel manufactures to electronics recycling and small batch beer malt distribution, and we’re in the midst of the largest transportation improvement effort in the port’s 100-year history –a $275 million rail project that will result in nearly half a billion dollars in private business investment. Sound interesting? Explore our website or contact us to learn more.
Over the last 100 years, citizens of Clark County have selected port commissioners with a strong commitment to making decisions in the vested interest of the people they represent. The port district is divided into three commission districts, each with an elected official.
Today, Port of Vancouver Commissioners Jerry Oliver, Brian Wolfe and Nancy Baker represent the citizens of Clark County.
They are each elected to six-year terms and are responsible for setting policy for the port as a public agency. Commissioners work part-time and can be reached at their home phone number by calling our front desk at 360.693.3611 for contact information.
Todd Coleman, as port executive director, manages a staff of more than 100 people involved in day-to-day port operations. Coleman reports directly to the port’s three commissioners.
Port of Vancouver USA is an economic engine for the entire southwest Washington region. The port provides quality jobs, international trade connections, a strong industrial land base and economic stability by producing revenue to our state and local services.
Through the Columbia River and efficient national rail and road systems, the port connects our community to the global marketplace—a key factor in bringing community prosperity to Clark County.