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Hanjin reported to be pulling out of the Port of Portland

Hanjin reported to be pulling out of the Port of Portland
Hanjin Shipping is reported to quit calling the Port of Portland as a labour dispute at the International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) operated Terminal 6 drags on.

According to Oregonlive Hanjin sent a letter dated 10 February saying would terminate calling at Portland starting the Hanjin Los Angeles due to arrive in Ningbo China on 9 March. It said would continue to serve Portland and nearby regions via truck and rail transport to Seattle.

ICTSI Oregon said was surprised by the move and that it had not been notified of Hanjin’s intention to stop calling.

It would be a major blow to the Port of Portland as Hanjin is reported to account for 65% to 80% of its business.

At the end of January ICTSI Oregon publically hit out at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) saying the disruption it was experiencing was “far beyond” that of other US West Coast ports.

The dispute between ICTSI and ILWU has gone on much longer with other US West Coast ports dating back to June 2012.

It is not the first time Hanjin has threatened to quit Portland, having said it would do so in 2013.