Portland, Oregon – The Port of Portland Commission voted 7-1 today to offer Hanjin and other carriers a new incentive to keep coming to town. The board will offer $20 per container through the end of the year and would max out at $4 million dollars. The incentive would come from rent money paid by the private operator, ICTSI Oregon Inc., at Terminal Six.
The Port’s Josh Thomas says the incentive is to buy the Port some time as issues of “competitiveness, dependability and ultimately Portland’s reputation as an international trade gateway are restored and addressed.” He calls Hanjin an “economic engine” in Oregon.
Hanjin has considered leaving Portland because of an on going labor dispute and decreasing productivity at Terminal Six. Thomas says Hanjin should announce in a few days if it will keep calling on Portland.