AUTO Warehousing Company's (AWC) facility at Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland is expected to begin exporting 'Made in North America' Ford cars and trucks to China.
Made in US, Canada and Mexico, AWC exports have received approval following inspections by Chinese government auditors, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
"We are proud to be serving as the primary gateway for exports of new Fords to China and furthering our mission to provide access to international markets," said Port of Portland executive director Bill Wyatt.
Initial volumes are planned to be 30,000 vehicles in the first year and growing to 40,000 per year. AWC intends to hire up to 50 people immediately at its 130-acre Terminal 6 facility to process vehicles and prepare them for the China market.
A US$2.8 million project to expand the processing building by 2,500 square metres and raise capacity to more than 110,000 vehicles annually is nearing completion.
The expansion was financed using ConnectOregon IV state grant funding and a $560,000 investment by AWC.