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Gateway of Choice

The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade and travel to the Pacific Northwest, providing maritime and airport operations for the greater Seattle area.

About 40 percent of the state of Washington’s economy is impacted in some way by the Port. In 2015 the ports of Seattle and Tacoma created the historically innovative Northwest Seaport Alliance, unifying the management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions to continue our leading role in international trade.

Maritime Operations

The Port of Seattle manages two cruise terminals that make Seattle the preferred choice for Alaska or Pacific Northwest cruises. Nearly 900,000 visitors came to Seattle during this year’s cruise season with 192 ships calling. The Port also manages Fisherman’s Terminal, the headquarters of the North Pacific Fishing fleet, as well as three recreational marinas and the Maritime Industrial Center.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

The Port of Seattle operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), ranked as the 13th busiest U.S. airport, serving nearly 37.5 million passengers and more than 319,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2014. For the fourth straight year, Sea-Tac served a record number of passengers in 2014, the fastest growth of any U.S. airport.

The Port is working on a Sustainable Airport Master Plan to look ahead five, 10 and 20 years in the future to manage growth. The capital budget for the airport includes $1.9 billion in projects over the next five years. This includes the renovation and expansion of the north satellite, a new International Arrivals Facility, a new high-speed baggage system, and the reconstruction of the center runway.


Five commissioners, elected at large by the voters of King County, serve four-year terms and establish Port of Seattle policy. The Chief Executive Officer, in carrying out these policies, leads 1,800 employees. The port's Century Agenda supports the triple bottom line of business development, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Our goal is to make the Port of Seattle the gateway of choice and create a vibrant economic engine that drives job creation throughout the region.

Mission, Vision, Values and Strategies



The Port of Seattle is a public agency that creates jobs by advancing trade and commerce, promoting industrial growth, and stimulating economic development.


Over the next 25 years we will add 100,000 jobs through economic growth led by the Port of Seattle, for a total of 300,000 port-related jobs in the region, while reducing our environmental footprint.


  • We conduct business with the highest ethical standards.
  • We honor our commitments to one another, the community, and our customers.
  • We are capable, high-performing people who appreciate the privilege of public service.
  • We embrace the richness of a diverse workplace and support employee development.
  • We are responsible stewards of community resources and the environment.
Port-wide Strategies

Port-wide Strategies

  1. Implement Century Agenda Strategies:
    • Position the Puget Sound region as a premier international logistics hub
    • Advance this region as a leading tourism destination and business gateway
    • Use our institutional influence to promote small business growth and workforce development
    • Be the greenest and most energy efficient port in North America
  2. Demonstrate living our values through our actions and priorities
  3. Exceed customer expectations and manage our finances responsibly
  4. Support Port of Seattle mission with implementation of divisions’ business plan

Our commitment to diversity

At the Port of Seattle, diversity is viewed as a source of possibility and strength. It is not an initiative or campaign. Rather, it is integral to policy, processes and programs that are woven into all daily activities within the port community. Read more about diversity at the port.