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Port of Vancouver USA receives tenth consecutive clean audit - 04/10/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA received its tenth consecutive clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) on April 4.

The audit period was from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. No deficiencies were found.

“I’m incredibly proud of the hard work of our Port of Vancouver staff,” said CEO Julianna Marler. “Receiving 10 consecutive clean audits is no small feat. It truly demonstrates the integrity of our team and our continued dedication to accountability and responsible use of public resources.”

The SAO audits ports across Washington state each year, examining a wide range of programs and processes.

At the Port of Vancouver, the SAO examined self-insurance; marine terminal revenue; payroll disbursements; procurement, including professional services, public works, and award of contracts on an emergency basis; and accounts payable, including general disbursements, credit cards and employee reimbursements.

Read the port’s full 2018 Accountability Audit Report and Financial Statements Audit Report.

The port also recently passed a review related to a 2016 FEMA grant. The review looked for compliance in internal controls, grants and payment management, budget and procurement. This was an independent review unrelated to the port’s annual financial and accountability audit.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Port of Vancouver USA details final two lectures of 2019 - 04/09/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA concludes its annual Lecture Series in May with presentations about the fascinating world of public ports in Washington state and a “State of the Port” presentation known as Port Report.

Lectures are free and open to the public and are held at Warehouse ’23 Event Space, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver.

The Fascinating World of Washington State’s Public Ports
May 1, 6:30–8 p.m.

If you live in Washington, chances are that most of what you eat, wear and use came through one of Washington’s seaports. Our state has more ports than you think, and they do more things than you think. Today there are 75 public ports in the state’s 39 counties. Ports operate marinas, docks, airports, railroads, industrial sites and recreational facilities throughout the state, bringing investments and jobs to their communities.

On May 1, Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) Executive Director Eric Johnson will share fascinating facts about our ports, including the fact that they don’t have to be located on a body of water! Learn why these special-purpose districts were first created more than 100 years ago, and why some of their biggest supporters are in Eastern Washington. Learn about ports that support the wine industry, which port is approved to handle radioactive materials, which operates an artisan food center and much more.

WPPA promotes the interests of our ports through effective government relations, ongoing education and strong advocacy programs. Eric has a 30-year history with WPPA and has been executive director since 2009.

Port Report —“State of the Port” Presentation
May 30; 5:30-6:30 p.m. presentation, 6:30-7 p.m. optional tour of Terminal 1

Join your port commissioners and CEO Julianna Marler on May 30 for our fourth and final lecture of 2019: Port Report. This “State of the Port” program features a review of 2018 activities, an update on current activities and projects, and a look ahead to the future of the port. Following the program, staff will lead an optional tour of redevelopment plans for Terminal 1, the port’s ten acres of waterfront property.

Space at each lecture is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 360-693-3611 or email SVP@portvanusa.com">RSVP@portvanusa.com with name and the number in your party.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Port of Vancouver USA reports fifth consecutive year of record tonnage - 04/01/19

Corn, steel and Subarus among cargoes on the increase in 2018

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA has logged record-breaking cargo tonnage for the fifth year in a row, with 2018 coming in at 8.1 million metric tons. This marks an 8.3 percent increase over last year’s record of 7.5 million metric tons.

“By continuing to invest in critical infrastructure and diversifying our portfolio of cargoes and customers, we were able to deliver another record year during a time of significant uncertainty in global trade,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our staff, customers and labor partners, whose daily efforts keep cargoes moving and lend vitality and stability to our local and regional economies.”

Total imports increased by 6.2 percent, climbing from 1.24 million metric tons in 2017 to a record-breaking 1.32 million metric tons in 2018. Steel commodities continue to be the largest imports at the Port of Vancouver by volume, and in 2018 the port moved 830,912 metric tons – an increase of 16.6 percent. Subaru also had another record-breaking year by importing 91,544 vehicles – 4.1 percent more than the previous year.

Overall exports increased by 8.7 percent in 2018, with strong gains in several commodities. Corn exports climbed an impressive 61.3 percent and copper concentrate increased by 40.7 percent, thanks to continued strong demand in Asia.

Fluctuations in currency and the global economy had an impact in 2018, but the port’s continued tonnage growth contributed to an increase in operating revenue from $36 million to $38 million in 2018.

The Port of Vancouver USA expects to see continued growth in autos, steel, minerals, wind energy components and grain in 2019.

– POV –

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.