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Shipping Cars To Or From Port Of Portland

The Port of Portland is the authority that oversees airports and marine terminals in the Portland metropolitan area. It manages three airports and four marine terminals. For the purpose of car shipping, this article concentrates on the marine terminals. Our services are focused more on car shipping via water, although air freight is also an option. The four marine terminals are situated along the Columbia River and its main tributary, the Willamette River. The Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean.

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Car shipping through the Port of Portland

Automobiles are one of the main exports and imports through the Port of Portland. Shipping cars to or from Port of Portland is done through Terminal 6 (T-6). In 2016 alone, more than 167,000 cars passed through this terminal. Vehicles are transported to and from the port by trucks, ships, and trains. The huge intermodal yard facilitates moving the cars from trucks and trains to the ships and vice versa.

Ford uses this terminal to export cars to various overseas destinations, while Hyundai imports vehicles from South Korea via this terminal.


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T-6 has container loading capabilities. 7 modern loading and unloading cranes serve the terminal. Cars are loaded into different sizes of containers and loaded into the ships to be transported to various destinations. The 40-foot containers can carry two cars. Two customers can share the container, the advantage being reduced cost of shipping. Because most goods are transported via containers, the ships fill fast, making this method the fastest car shipping option.

T-6 is large enough to accommodate the large RORO vessels. RORO vessels are specially designed to carry wheeled cargo. They carry a huge number of vehicles of different sizes, making this method ideal for car dealerships and manufacturers. Many car shippers recommend this method because it is cheap.

Importing cars through Port of Portland

A-1 Auto Transports ships cars from various overseas countries to the port of Portland. We use this port as the entry point when shipping to locations in the Portland metropolitan area, the state of Oregon, and locations in the nearby states such as Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. If it is not the first point of entry, but if is geographically convenient to you, you can make the necessary arrangements with a freight forwarder to have the vehicle processed at this port.

Exporting cars through the port of Portland

Exporting cars through this port involves shipping cars to or from Port of Portland. You will need your car transport company to ship the car to the port so that it can be exported. Also, you will need the auto transporter to ship the car from the port to your overseas destination. Before exporting the car, contact the customs authorities in the destination country to know the required paperwork and applicable customs taxes.

Affordable shipping rates to or from the port of Portland

We offer some of the best rates for shipping to or from Port of Portland. In this case, the shipping rates are largely dependent on the distance. To lower the shipping costs, you can opt to drive the vehicle to or from the port. Call us now or visit this page for a free quote.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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