The Northwest Seaport Alliance is the first of this kind in North America. The ports of Seattle and Tacoma joined forces in August 2015 to unify management of our marine cargo facilities and business to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo and jobs for the region.

Located in the Pacific Northwest in Washington State, The Northwest Seaport Alliance offers shorter U.S.-to-Asia transits, as well as a deep connection to Alaska. A study released in September 2014 demonstrates the 2013 impact of the marine cargo operations in our Seattle and Tacoma harbors:

  • Supported more than 48,000 jobs
  • Generated nearly $4.3 billion in economic activity
  • Produced $379 million in state and local taxes to support education, police, fire services and road improvements.

Marine cargo operations also generated $138.1 billion in total economic activity in 2013. That accounts for about one-third of Washington state’s gross domestic product. The figure includes revenue generated by port-related businesses as well as wages paid to people holding direct jobs.