Port of Longview ‘Extremely Busy’ Aiming to Retain Customers Next Year | Local company


A piece of the Port of Longview industrial rail corridor is seen from the Fiber Way Viaduct on a cloudy day in December 2019.

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Longview Port Commissioners learned on Wednesday that the port’s next year of operation may be slower than this year as global supply chain pressures ease, but the port works to build loyalty new customers.

“Next year we might not have the same amount of business, but our job when we get this business is to try and keep it,” said Christian Clay, director of business development. “We’ll show them how economical it is to come here.

Local ports are feeling the ripple effects of the global supply chain

Last year the port generated more revenue than expected and is on track for similar gains this year.

The bottleneck in the global supply chain stems from a variety of factors, many of which are linked to the pandemic. When the pandemic hit, spending stopped and factories and transportation hubs declined. Then consumer purchases exploded.

The brief hiatus disrupted the normally constant flow of containers around the world, resulting in a shortage. Instead of arriving spaced out, ships arrive in clusters at west coast ports, leading some to seek out smaller ports to unload their cargo. Longview has seen some of these cases.

It is “extremely busy at the moment,” Clay said on Wednesday, and the port “uses all possible modes of transportation.”

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The port has attracted new business with its willingness to work with shipping lines and cargo owners to “provide solutions to their problems,” Clay said. With the Grays Harbor crane out of service due to a collapse, Longview is also resuming this activity.


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