National Geographic : 1925 Sep
PACIFIC Nearer BY Shippers save from two to ten days and thousands of dollars by routing their trans-Pacific shipments through Pacific Northwest ports. These are the nearest American ports to the Orient. They are from 300 to 400 miles nearer by straight lines. They are nearer still by ship ping lines. Yokohama, for example, is 1179 miles nearer the Pacific Northwest because the other common trade route to our Pacific Coast is by way of Honolulu. This means a saving of almost one fourth of the time in shipments to and from the Orient. It means a saving in the cost of ship operation, interest charges and insurance. This is an especially important advantage in shipments of products of high value, where large amounts of capital are tied up and interest and insurance charges are heavy. DRTHWEST With healthy ri valry the seaport cities of the Pacific Nort h west have vied in building port facilities that are unsurpassed in the harbors of the world DAYS the Orient! Thus, more than 70 per cent of the raw silk imported from the Orient enters the United States through the Pacific Northwest. And 80 per cent of the trans-Pacific mail is handled through the Seattle post office. In addition, the rail haul to the principal Eastern cities is shorter from the Pacific Northwest. These are some of the reasons why the ports of Washington and Oregon dominate foreign trade on the Pacific Coast. "The immutable law of the short haul" makes these advantages per manent. They will become increas ingly important, just as they have in the Atlantic. They have contrib uted toward the Pacific Northwest's amazing growth of foreign commerce in the past. And they insure its continued leadership in the future. cThe Chicago Burlington &Quincy RR. c'he Northern Pacific Ry. The Great Northern Ry.