Port of Tacoma ranks highest on West Coast for ease of doing business

The Port of Tacoma ranked highest among West Coast ports for ease of doing business in Logistics Management’s 2013 Quest for Quality awards.

Winners were selected by the magazine’s readers—the buyers of logistics and transportation services. The awards recognized 129 top performers, including carriers, third-party logistic providers and ports.
Readers evaluated ports using five criteria: ease of doing business, value, ocean carrier network, intermodal network, and equipment and operations.

Besides ranking highest for ease of doing business, Tacoma ranked second in the West Coast port category and fifth overall among the 14 recognized North American ports.

The survey was conducted by Peerless Research Group (PRG).

“The voting is by invite only,” Judd Aschenbrand, PRG’s director of research, told the magazine. “In order to evaluate a provider, the voter must have experience with that specific provider at some point over the past 12 months. So, the Quest for Quality Survey goes beyond name recognition and popularity and is based on the merits and performance of the service provider.”

The complete list of winners is featured in the magazine’s August issue at http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/.

About the Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state connected to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America. The Port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks.