National Geographic : 1925 Nov
PACIFIC NORTHWEST Shippers save from two to ten days and thou sands of dollars by routing their trans-P acif i c shipments through the great ports of Washington and Oregon The doorto Amercla's fa7estgrowztgmarket The spectacular increase in our Ori ental trade is the most striking fea ture of our foreign commerce in recent years. While Europe's share of our total exports has fallen off greatly since the war, our exports to Eastern Asia were five times greater in 1924 than before the war. Asia now absorbs one-eighth of our exports - $665,600,000 worth. She sends us one-fourth of our total imports-$985,000,000 worth. To the Pacific Northwest this rapid growth in Far East commerce is of particular significance. For the ports of Washington and Oregon are the natural gateway to the Orient with its tremendous, almost unlimited consuming market. They are the nearest American ports to the Orient-from two to ten days nearer. Shippers to and from the Orient save substantially in time, insurance and interest charges by using the Pacific Northwest route. They are able to meet better the re quirements of Oriental buyers who almost invariably demand quick de livery of products they import. The Pacific Northwest ports are also nearer by rail to the Atlantic seaboard. Their natural harbors and harbor facilities are unsur passed. With "the immutable law of the short haul" in their favor, the Pacific Northwest ports have established dominance in foreign trade on the Pacific Coast. Yet, their present foreign com merce of half a billion dollars an nually is but a foretaste of the fu ture. As the curve of Oriental shipping sweeps steadily upwards, the ports of Washington and Oregon look westward, across a busy Pacific, to tremendous things beyond. 7he Chicago Burlington & Quincy R.R. CThe Northern Pacific Ry. The Great Northern Ry.