Gateway Pacific Terminal will be a multi-commodity, dry bulk cargo-handling facility on nearly 1,500 acres in Whatcom County, Washington, with development occurring on about one-quarter of the site. The shipping, stevedoring, and warehousing facility – to be the largest on the West Coast of the U.S. – is the latest innovation of SSA Marine, a Northwest company that is a global leader in maritime services.
Gateway Pacific Terminal will provide a highly efficient portal for American producers to export dry bulk commodities such as grain, potash, and coal to Asian markets.
Located at Cherry Point, just 17 miles south of the Canadian border, the site’s naturally deep water will accommodate the most efficient ships without the need for dredging. SSA Marine is working with environmental agencies to tailor environmental safeguards for the marine habitat.
International trade will play a key role in our nation’s economic recovery, especially in Washington where at least 40% of all jobs in Washington are linked to trade. Gateway Pacific will be a sustainable source of family-wage jobs and economic benefits to Whatcom County, Washington State, and the United States.
Construction of the Gateway project at full build out will create 4,400 jobs* and provide $92 million over an estimated two year construction period in tax revenue for state and local services.
Once in full operation, it’s estimated that Gateway will provide over $11 million per year in state and local tax revenue that can be used for critical services such as schools, law enforcement and fire protection. Also, the Gateway project will create 1,250 ongoing jobs* through its operations.
*Includes direct, indirect and induced jobs