LOGAN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The first Mitsubishi Fuso medium-duty truck imported from Japan through the Port of Tacoma rolled off the Maersk Taiki Jan. 11, 2007, and directly into the adjacent 146-acre Marshall Avenue auto facility. With the arrival of that truck, the Port of Tacoma, Wash., joined Baltimore, Md., Jacksonville, Fla., and San Diego, as a port of entry for Mitsubishi Fuso cab-over medium-duty trucks.

Port servicing of MFTA vehicles at the Port of Tacoma will be handled by Automotive Warehousing Company (AWC). AWC handles nearly 4.35 million vehicles annually from 21 vehicle-processing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. The company will receive all Fuso trucks arriving at the port from Japan, store the vehicles, add any port-installed options, prep them for delivery, and coordinate shipment to their final destination.

The Port of Tacoma is the economic engine of the South Puget Sound. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is the sixth-largest container port in North America, handling an estimated $35 billion in annual trade and a 2005 volume of 2.1 million TEUs (20-ft.-equivalent container units).