Friday, August 9, 2013

Tacoma, Prince Rupert Ports Rank High in Quality Awards

The Port of Tacoma ranked highest among West Coast ports in the 30th annual Quest for Quality awards, when it came to ease of doing business while the Prince Rupert Port Authority won first in overall value.

The awards, which were revealed August 1, are given out by Logistics Management Magazine. Winners are selected by the magazine’s readers, who are the buyers of logistics and transportation services. The 2013 awards recognized 129 top performers, including carriers, third-party logistic providers and ports.

The survey, which was by invite only, was conducted by Peerless Research Group. During it, readers evaluated ports using five criteria: ease of doing business, value, ocean carrier network, intermodal network, and equipment and operations.

“In order to evaluate a provider, the voter must have experience with that specific provider at some point over the past 12 months,” Peerless Research Group research director Judd Aschenbrand said. “So, the Quest for Quality Survey goes beyond name recognition and popularity and is based on the merits and performance of the service provider.”

Besides its high mark for ease of doing business, Tacoma ranked second in the West Coast port category in total value, after the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Trailing Prince Rupert and Tacoma in the ease of doing business and value categories were the ports of Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles and Long Beach.

In the same survey, Hapag-Lloyd was voted the best ocean carrier for on-time performance and COSCO was tops in overall value.

The complete list of winners is featured in the magazine’s August issue and online at