The ports of the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) – Seattle and Tacoma – have extended their pilot scheme offering extra night and weekend gate times for customers.
The scheme was due to end on Friday but NWSA is prolonging it until December 2 in response to positive feedback and the needs of partners, in particular agricultural exporters who are moving a lot of product.
So far terminal operators have run an added 50-to-70 hours per week during the scheme.
Originally the aim was to ease congestion during the peak season for imports and exports, starting in August.
The scheduled phase of the scheme was funded by a $2m appropriation by the port authority to reimburse terminal operators. Now a bit more will be spent to continue the popular extra hours.
Added gate times include early opening (7am-8am), lunchtime and off-shift on weekdays, plus Saturday and Sunday openings.