North Star Awards

Glass award statues

The Northwest Seaport Alliance appreciates the strong, supportive relationships we share with shippers and supply chain partners doing business in the Seattle-Tacoma gateway.  We created the North Star Award program to recognize and celebrate top-performing companies for impactful business initiatives that drive cargo volume for the gateway and/or contribute to the environmental health of the region.

We are pleased to announce a revamped program for 2023 featuring several new award categories. Building off of the success of the Cargo Anchor Award, companies can now compete for recognition as Importer of the Year, Exporter of the Year and Ocean Carrier of the Year. New to the program, we are also introducing the prestigious Service Excellence Award, honoring our supply chain partners and their contributions to delivering best-in-class service experience to shippers using our gateway. The Environmental Stewardship Award remains a cornerstone of the North Star Awards program, recognizing companies for innovation and leadership in sustainability.

Winners are selected through a competitive judging process by a committee of NWSA Managing Member co-chairs and leaders from regional maritime and transportation-related organizations. Companies are welcome to nominate themselves or a business partner or other business entity for an award.

We believe in elevating greatness! North Star Award winners will be recognized throughout the year at port-related events, a presence on the NWSA web site, in NWSA digital communications and social media and in the industry press.

Cargo Anchor Awards

Environmental Stewardship Award

Service Excellence Award (Supply Chain Partner of the Year)


Currently accepting nominations through July 31, 2024. Click the link to learn more about our past winners.