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Record number of Subarus roll through Port of Vancouver in October

13,529 of popular Japanese-made autos are processed

By William Seekamp, Columbian staff writer
Published: November 17, 2023, 6:08am

A record 13,529 Subarus rolled through the Port of Vancouver in October, the most in the 31-year partnership between the Japanese car company and the port. The previous high mark was 12,900 in July 2022.

After sailing from Japan to Vancouver, Subarus have side-view mirrors, trailer hitches and other accessories installed and are transported by truck or train to U.S. markets as far east as Chicago. Auto Warehousing conducts the work and employs 200 people.

“This record-breaking month solidifies the Port of Vancouver USA’s position as the largest gateway in North America for Subaru vehicles,” said Julianna Marler, port CEO.

“From the hundreds of local jobs supported by the transport and accessorizing of vehicles, to the dollars that are reinvested in Vancouver and the surrounding economy from this activity, Subaru continues to be a valuable partner to the port and our entire region,” she said.

On average this year, 7,700 Subarus come through the Port of Vancouver every month. The previous record for most Subarus in a year was 91,544 in 2018, which the port is on track to surpass in 2023.

Subaru currently leases approximately 40 acres from the Port of Vancouver USA, where it has imported and processed vehicles since 1992. Some of Subaru’s most popular vehicles include the Crosstrek, Forester and Outback. As of late 2022, the car company added its first battery electric vehicle to its fleet: the Solterra.

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