The Port of Everett won national recognition from President Barack Obama for heavy lifting, so to speak. The presidential “E” Award for Export Service notes the port’s ability and reputation for handling oversize, high value cargoes.
The award was presented Wednesday in Everett to port officials by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The port plays a huge role in transporting parts for Puget Sound’s aerospace industry, and supports more than 34,000 jobs in the region.
Perhaps less well-known is the port’s specialty in handling gigantic, high value cargoes for construction, manufacturing, mining and energy industries. The Port of Everett helps manufacturers in the Midwest move enormous parts and products to markets overseas.
“By selling Made-in-America goods and services internationally, U.S. business can grow faster, hire more employees, pay higher wages, and help spread American ideas, innovation and values,” Pritzker noted in her remarks.
The Port of Everett is ranked first in the state for export value at $22.7 billion in 2013, making Everett fourth on the West Coast in export value behind the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, and the Port of Oakland, according to U.S. Customs and Foreign Trade Division statistics cited by the port.
In the world of tricky logistics, Port of Everett delivers.