Northwest ports scrambling after Hanjin files for bankruptcy

Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Press FIle Cargo containers are shown being loaded on ships at the Port of Portland in this file photo. Hanjin was once a major shipper at Portland, which shut down its container business. Hanjin announced Wednesday that it was filing for bankruptcy.

SEATTLE (AP) — Marine ports in the Pacific Northwest are adjusting after South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. announced that it is filing for bankruptcy.

Hanjin, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, is the main customer at Terminal 46 in Seattle. KING-TV reports that the terminal wasn’t releasing empty containers and exports after Wednesday’s announcement.

Hanjin and other shipping companies across the world have been impacted by a decline in trade in recent years.

Tara Mattina with the Northwest Ports Alliance says she isn’t sure of the long-term impacts, but that shipping lines are losing billions of dollars.

Hanjin once provided most of the Port of Portland’s container cargo service before leaving the port in February 2015.

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