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  • Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis
  • Sumas Mayor Bob Bromley
  • Nooksack Mayor Jim Ackerman
  • Everson Mayor John Perry
  • Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen
  • The City of Ferndale
  • Bellingham Technical College President, Patricia McKeown
  • State Senator Doug Ericksen
  • State Representative Vincent Buys
  • State Representative Jason Overstreet
  • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Washington State Legislative Board
  • Northwest Jobs Alliance
  • Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Northwest Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • International Longshore Warehouse Union, Puget Sound District Council
  • Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Puget Sound Pilots Association
  • Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Whatcom County Republicans
  • Washington Realtors
  • Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports
  • Citizens for a Working Whatcom County
  • 58 members of Congress
  • Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Project Overview

The Gateway Pacific Terminal is a planned multi-commodity export facility that will create 1,250 permanent family wage jobs* at full operations and generate nearly $140 million of economic activity annually in Northwest Washington. The terminal will achieve high environmental standards and will advance the balance of trade using American products to create American jobs. Learn More!

*includes direct, indirect and induced jobs

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While the Pacific Northwest has the closest U.S. ports to Asian markets, the lack of a U.S. deepwater bulk shipping terminal is forcing American goods to be hauled over longer distances and dispatched from foreign ports in Canada and Mexico. This makes U.S. exports less competitive with those of other countries and sends jobs across the border.

SSA Marine’s proposed multi-commodity, dry bulk shipping terminal at Cherry Point, Washington addresses those challenges.

Get America Moving AgainGet America Moving Again

The terminal’s connection with the BNSF Railway will extend the benefits of the Gateway Pacific Terminal across the Northern Tier states all the way to Chicago. Farmers and resource producers across the upper Midwest will have a new, more efficient and cost-effective way to get their goods to Asian markets. BNSF has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in its northern rail corridor and will make additional capacity improvements to its ‘expandable infrastructure’ as shipping volumes warrant.

Considered together, those investments will help capture export-related jobs now leaking across our borders and smooth the flow of goods from throughout the northern and western regions of the U.S.

The U.S. has set a goal to double exports in the next five years to strengthen the economy, improve the balance of trade, and create thousands of jobs. Washington State has a similar plan to boost state exports by 30 percent in the next five years.

The Gateway Pacific Terminal will help realize those goals – and help get America moving again.


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