Port of Lewiston's Main Container Shipper Pulls Up Anchor in Portland


The Port of Lewiston, crippled earlier this year by a severe work slow down at port on the west coast, was dealt another blow when Hapag-Lloyd, which is responsible for more than 90 percent of the Port of Lewiston's container business, announced it was pulling out of the Port of Portland. That announcement came on the heels of Hanjin Shipping's announcement in February that it was pulling up anchor at Portland. The two announcements, in effect, may put the Port of Portland completely out of the container business.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that not too long ago, more than 1,000 businesses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington relied on the Port of Portland's container terminal to or from international markets. But a major labor dispute, where union officials described operator's labor-management model as "authoritarian and intimidation-based," triggered a major work slow down and the ultimate reason for the two container giants to leave Portland altogether. The Tribune reports that Hapag-Lloyd represented more than 90 percent of the Port Of Lewiston's container business for pea and lentil farmers to move their Idaho products up the Columbia and Snake rivers to the Port of Portland.