Washington’s ports are a key economic engine for our state. Approximately 60 percent of imported goods coming through the Northwest Seaport Alliance are bound for the rest of the country, and exports from all over the nation cross through local ports. To remain a global hub, our state’s ports must function efficiently, reliably, and competitively. For example, the port slowdown in 2014 and 2015 cost Washington state’s businesses almost $770 million in near-term losses alone. WCIT advocates for investment in port-related infrastructure, reform of the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), and operational predictability. WCIT also advocates for freight mobility investments that make local corridors efficient and reliable.