Shipping - Containerized cargo
The NWSA leases container terminals to private terminal operators. Find the status of your container on the terminal operator's website (login information is usually required), or contact the terminal operator or shipping line directly. You will need the container number or bill of lading. Find contact information and website links for our container terminals and links to the ocean carrier websites.
If you know the shipping line you will be using, contact the ocean carrier directly. If you don’t know the carrier, contact a third-party logistics for more information. Find local freight forwarders in our Facility Finder directory. Search for “Freight Forwarder.”
Shipping - Non-containerized/breakbulk/RoRo cargo
If the cargo is driveable or trailerable:
If the cargo is not drivable or trailerable, then the following fees would apply to non-rolling (static) cargo based on weight:
- 1-25MT: $17.00/MT
- 25-55MT: $26.55/MT
- More than 55MT: To lift anything over 55MT, the port will need to order an outside crane. Contact Dennis Turney for details.
Please note: With all static cargo, an outside crane may be necessary due to the cargo's dimensions, center of gravity or other factors. Contact Dennis Turney for details.
For questions about breakbulk, project or heavy-lift cargo, contact NWSA customer service:
- Lead freight coordinator: 253-383-9424
- Export—breakbulk: 253-383-9424
- Import—breakbulk: 253-383-9429 / 253-383-9430
- Import—intermodal (North Intermodal Yard): 253-383-9432 / 253-383-9430
- Inbound rail (railcar coordinators): 253-383-9433
Breakbulk and auto questions can also be directed to the shipping line transporting your cargo:
- EUKOR (Wilhelmsen Ship Service): 206-652-4411
- Hyundai-GLOVIS (Wilhelmsen Ship Service): 206-652-4411
- “K” Line – Auto Carrier: 206-431-4750
- MOL – Auto Carrier: 206-622-6250
- NYK Line – Auto Carrier: 310-618-6072
- Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics: 805-271-2260
- World Logistics Service (WLS): 425-430-9800
To coordinate the pickup of your personally owned vehicle, contact our breakbulk customer service staff at 253-383-9429 or 253-383-9430.
Shipping - General
Find estimated vessel arrivals and departures in our Vessel Schedule.
Our vessel schedule includes the container, bulk and breakbulk vessels scheduled at to call at our facilities. We do not track fishing vessels, cruise ships or the boats that dock at our marinas. The report is updated as new information is received. Actual vessel arrival dates and times may vary.
For assistance shipping your cargo domestically by rail, contact an Intermodal Marketing Company (IMC). IMCs provide domestic cargo booking services with the railroads, and will coordinate the rail rate with a truck rate at origin and destination. Local IMCs may also coordinate transloading to and from international containers, and most companies also offer truck brokerage services.
Find links to the Seattle and Tacoma harbor's tariff documents for the rates, charges, rules and regulations for services performed by participating terminals.
You will need to coordinate the shipment with a company that specializes in shipping personal and military personnel vehicles. This listing of privately-owned vehicle shipping companies is provided for information purposes only.
For assistance shipping your personal belongings and household goods, we recommend contacting the following providers for more information.
Ship to Alaska
Contact the following providers for more information about shipping to Alaska:
Ship to Hawaii
Contact the following providers for more information about shipping to Hawaii:
Ship to international or domestic destinations
Contact the following providers for more information about shipping to domestic or international destinations. If you are shipping internationally, you will be required to complete the U.S. Customs paperwork.
North Harbor (Seattle)
- Terminal 18: X117
- Terminal 30: Y197
- Terminal 46: X127
South Harbor (Tacoma)
- APM Terminals: X335
- Husky Terminal: Z693
- Olympic Container Terminal: Y316
- Pierce County Terminal: X215
- Totem Ocean Trailer Express: X339
- Washington United Terminals: Z705
Shipping - Trucks
All drayage trucks serving NWSA terminals must comply and register with the Clean Truck Program.
- North Harbor (Seattle): Truckers must have an RFID tag to access terminals 5, 18, 30 and 46. Learn more about how to get an RFID tag.
- South Harbor (Tacoma): Truckers must have a Clean Truck Sticker to access APM Terminals, Husky Terminal, Olympic Container Terminal, Totem Ocean Trailer Express Terminal, Washington United Terminals. Register your truck to receive a sticker.
The value of international two-way trade totaled $73.5 billion in 2015, according to the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research. Of that total, imports accounted for $27.3 billion and exports $16.1 billion.
Based on the value of two-way trade in 2015, the NWSA’s top trading partners are:
- China/Hong Kong - $32.2 billion
- Japan - $15.7 billion
- Republic of Korea - $6 billion
- Taiwan - $3.9 billion
- Vietnam - $2 billion
- Thailand - $1.6 billion
- Australia - $1.2 billion
- Malaysia - $922 million
- Indonesia - $892 million
- India - $868 million
The Puget Sound’s annual trade with Alaska is estimated at $5.4 billion, according to the 2015 Ties That Bind study. If ranked with our international trading partners, Alaska would be fourth.
The value of international imports totaled $57.3 billion in 2015, according to the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research.
Our top 10 import commodities by value in 2015 were:
- Industrial machinery and computers - $10 billion
- Electrical machinery and electronics - $9.1 billion
- Vehicles and parts - $7.1 billion
- Toys, games and sports equipment - $3.1 billion
- Furniture - $3 billion
- Articles of iron or steel - $1.9 billion
- Plastic and plastic articles - $1.9 billion
- Footwear - $1.9 billion
- Knit apparel and accessories - $1.7 billion
- Non-knit apparel and accessories - $1.6 billion
The value of international exports totaled $16.1 billion in 2015, according to the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research.
Our top 10 export commodities by value in 2015 were:
- Oil seeds and grains - $2.5 billion
- Industrial machinery and computers - $1.7 billion
- Prepared vegetables, fruits and nuts - $901 million
- Fish and seafood - $825 million
- Edible fruits and nuts - $720 million
- Inorganic chemicals and rare-earth metals - $696 million
- Paper and paperboard - $624 million
- Meat and meat products - $557 million
- Eggs and dairy products - $529 million
- Cereals - $515 million
The NWSA has offices in Seattle and Tacoma.
- North Harbor (Seattle): Find step directions to the Port of Seattle headquarters at Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way in Seattle or get driving directions.
- South Harbor (Tacoma): Find directions to the Port of Tacoma headquarters at 1 Sitcum Plaza in Tacoma or get driving directions.
Find addresses for NWSA terminals on the Terminal Facilities map.
A Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is required for entry to restricted areas of the alliance.
If you don't have a TWIC and need to access to restricted facilities operated by the NWSA at the South Harbor, you can make arrangements (including cost) with one of our approved for-hire escorts.
Leased NWSA terminals have their own access guidelines, and you will need to contact them for more information. Find contact information for our leased terminals.
The NWSA handles a variety of cargoes:
- Breakbulk (items too large or bulky to fit in a container), including project and heavy-lift cargoes, as well as roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro)
- Dry bulk (grain)
- Liquid bulk (molasses and petroleum)
Shipping - Find service providers
Customs house brokers assist shippers in meeting federal requirements governing imports and exports. Find local customs house brokers in our Facility Finder directory. Search for “Customs House Broker.”
More than 20 international shipping lines, as well as representing all of the major carrier alliances, offer weekly vessel service at NWSA terminals. We also have several domestic shipping lines serving Alaska and Hawaii, and breabulk and Ro/Ro carriers offering regular service. See all ocean carriers, services and ports of call, and the rotation schedule.