VANCOUVER, Wash. – A red, balloon-bedecked 2015 Forester had the honor of being the one-millionth Subaru vehicle to cross the docks at the Port of Vancouver USA.
The SUV was one of 2,077 vehicles arriving Sunday, July 13, after a two-week journey from Japan. Representatives with the port, Subaru of America and multiple logistics partners, including carriers, labor, stevedores, vessel agents, and transportation providers, were there to greet the landmark vehicle and celebrate a long partnership.
Automobile imports generate the most revenue of all commodities handled at the Port of Vancouver, which translates to jobs and spending in the local economy.
“Our 21-year partnership with Subaru is not only important to us here at the port, but also to the community,” said Todd Coleman, port CEO. “Roughly $300 from every vehicle delivered to the port gets reinvested in Washington and Oregon.”
Approximately 200 jobs at the port are supported by automobile delivery and processing. This includes workers who drive vehicles off the ships, process them for sale in the U.S., install accessories and prepare them for transport.
Subaru of America signed its first lease with the Port of Vancouver in December 1992. Port leadership and the community hailed the first Subaru vehicle, an Impreza wagon, at a dockside event on Jan. 7, 1993.
This summer, the port and Subaru reached an agreement to continue partnering through 2035 to bring vehicles, jobs and economic benefit to our community.
We look forward to working with Subaru for another two decades and celebrating the next million!
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