Reflecting a year focused on the long-term success of its customers, the Port of Tacoma has published its 2008 Annual Report.

The average container volume fell 8.8 percent at U.S. West Coast ports in 2008. The Port of Tacoma, however, captured a larger share of this declining market with a container volume drop of just 3.3 percent.

"The global economy is forcing us all to recalibrate our business models and concentrate on the core needs of our customers," said Port of Tacoma Commission President Clare Petrich, explaining her Port's market share gain. "In good economic times, Ports require sound management. In challenging times, success requires focus at all levels of the organization."

The 36-page 2008 Annual Report highlights the Port's focus on customers, cost-effective operations, efficiency and reliability, supply chain choices, sustainability and community vitality. To view this publication online, please click here.

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Port Media Relations: Mike Wasem, 253-383-9436