The Northwest Seaport Alliance


Quick facts

percentage of business in automotive

10.5% of imports (vessel value, 2017)

annual vehicle throughput

166,000 units/yr. (5-year average)

existing customers

Shipping lines: “K” Line, MOL, NYK Line, Glovis Ocean, Eukor, World Logistics Service, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean


Vehicle processors: Auto Warehousing Co. (AWC), Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions


Automakers: Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Fuso, Nissan, Suzuki


• Closest U.S. port to Asia markets


• Two state-of-the-art processing facilities, both rail-served


• 255 dedicated acres for auto processing and storage


• Mainline rail service from the two Class I railroads (BNSF, UP)


• Multiple piers for vehicle off-loading, with point-of-rest yards nearby




The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) is a marine cargo partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, USA. Customer-focused and performance driven, we are the gateway to solutions for automobile shipments to and from the Pacific Northwest, western Canada, the Midwest and Alaska/Hawaii.

NWSA has been handling import auto shipments for over forty years.    Two full-service auto processors operate facilities near port terminals.  Auto Warehousing Company features a state-of-the-art building where it performs inspection, installation and logistic services essential to the auto industry. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions operates a brand-new 90-acre vehicle processing terminal that opened in December 2018, increasing auto handling capacity at the port by more than 100,000 units annually. Both facilities are rail served via the two Class I railroads, the BNSF Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad.

The world’s leading ro-ro carriers connect our facilities with markets around the globe.  “K” Line, MOL, NYK Line, Glovis Ocean, EUKOR, World Logistics Service, and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean deliver fast and frequent service for shipments between Asia and other major import/export automobile markets.

We pride ourselves on our ability to handle high-and-heavy cargo on ro-ro ships as well as autos.






The Northwest Seaport AllianceAndre Elmaleh 

Sr. Manager, Bu. Development


+1 253-592-6792




One Sitcum Plaza, Tacoma, WA 98421 

+1 800 657 9808