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NEWS BULLETIN
Friday, May 29, 2015

Suburu of America extends lease
with Port of Vancouver, USA

Trade between NAFTA partners
climbs during month of March

Pearl Jam poster display opens
as Sea-Tac International Airport

Lou Johnson resigning post
as Port of Longview commissioner

Boeing nets NASA order
for first passenger spacecraft

Suburu of America extends lease
with Port of Vancouver, USA

VANCOUVER, WA — Port of Vancouver USA tenant Subaru of America Inc. has extended its lease with the port until at least 2030. The port’s board of commissioners unanimously approved the lease extension on Tuesday, May 26. Subaru’s lease would have expired August 31, 2020. The extension means Subaru will remain with the port until August 31, 2030, with two five-year options that could take its lease to 2040. Revenue to the port over the remainder of the lease is expected to exceed $7 million. Subaru leases approximately 40 acres from the Port of Vancouver. The company has imported, processed and transported vehicles at the port since 1992. In 2014, Subaru processed 81,718 vehicles in Vancouver, an 18 percent increase over 2013. About 150 Subaru and Auto Warehousing employees work at the port to process vehicles for sale in the U.S. They install a variety of accessories and perform high-quality control checks to prepare the vehicles for transport by truck or rail.

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Lou Johnson resigning post
as Port of Longview commissioner

LONGVIEW At the May 25 Port of Longview Commission meeting, Commission Vice President Lou Johnson announced he will be resigning effective June 30. He cited the need for time with his family and personal commitments as his reason for stepping down. Commissioner Johnson began serving his elected term as District 2 Commissioner in 2012. Port officials will review the process for filling Commissioner Johnson’s seat at the upcoming June 9 regular Commission Meeting. The port commission must appoint a replacement to fulfill the remainder of Commissioner Johnson’s term, which expires in 2017. The Longview Board of Commissioners is comprised of three elected members representing the citizens of the port district. Commissioners serve six-year terms and set governing policy for the Port of Longview.

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Trade between NAFTA partners
climbs during month of March

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $96.1 billion in March 2015 as three out of five transportation modes – air, rail, and truck – carried more U.S.-NAFTA freight than in March 2014, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Year-over-year, the value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by all modes decreased by 5.3 percent. The value of NAFTA trade by pipeline and vessel declined in March due to the reduced unit price of mineral fuel shipments. In March 2015 compared to March 2014, the value of commodities moving by air grew by the largest percentage of any mode, 6.0 percent. Rail freight increased by 1.5 percent and truck freight increased by 0.9 percent. Vessel freight decreased by 30.3 percent and pipeline freight decreased by 41.6 percent mainly due to the lower unit price of mineral fuel shipments. Trucks carried 64.0 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and are the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $30.6 billion of the $51.2 billion of imports (59.8 percent) and $30.9 billion of the $44.9 billion of exports (68.9 percent). Rail remained the second largest mode, moving 15.8 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 6.2 percent; pipeline, 5.1 percent; and air, 4.1 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 84.9 percent of the total U.S.-NAFTA freight flows.

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Boeing nets NASA order
for first passenger spacecraft

HOUSTON — NASA issued a task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract recently to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station. The award marks the first time in human spaceflight history NASA has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission. Boeing was selected in September 2014 to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft, the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100. The Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS) is being developed in partnership with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program which aims to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017. As part of the tCap contract with NASA, Boeing is guaranteed at least two and potentially six service flights after completing human certification. The CST-100 can transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit destinations like the International Space Station (ISS) and the Bigelow planned station.

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Pearl Jam poster display opens
as Sea-Tac International Airport

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle, EMP Museum, Pearl Jam, and poster artists Ames Bros. have unveiled a new exhibit of screen prints commissioned over the years for the band’s promotional concert posters as part of the Experience the City of Music program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The exhibit, located on concourse A, is the second music-themed attraction for the program from EMP Museum following an initial exhibit of Jimi Hendrix. Organized by EMP Museum, in collaboration with Pearl Jam, Ten Club and Ames Bros., PUSH ME, PULL ME: Pearl Jam and the Art of the Screen Printed Poster features 85 posters from more than 30 artists including the Ames Bros., Brad Klausen, Munk One, Ward Sutton, and others. The new exhibit is located near gate A1 along three walls of the walkway and can be accessed by any traveler post security.

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