Thursday, September 7, 2017

Expanded Gate Hours Pay Off

By Karen Robes Meeks

The success of last year’s pilot program has prompted the Northwest Seaport Alliance to continue a program that reimburses terminal operators up to $2 million to expand their gate hours during peak season to ease congestion at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

The reimbursement program, which kicked off August 12, helps several operators offset the costs of extending the hours of off-shift gates, which take place after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or any shift on Saturday or Sunday. The additional hours help move cargo out of the two Washington ports more efficiently.

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