Oregon companies exported US$9.3 billion worth of goods in 2020, up $7.2 billion in 2019.
There is an old saying of international relations: 'Where trade ships go, warships don't.'
If true, Oregon's relationship with China will become critical in the coming years. A strong working relationship will make the difference as political friction and climate crises spark tensions between the two.
The adoption of e-commerce trends and climate goals between the two has made Oregon one of China's friendliest and most reliable trade partners.
Despite frequent supply line shutdowns in China, Shanghai Pudong International Airport trade with Oregon has continued.
Currently, the Port of Portland doesn't have a direct connection with the ports and airports in China that have been placed on lockdown.
'Due to the complex web of the global supply chain it's likely there has been some impact. However, we continue to see steady imports and exports at our terminals,' said Port of Portland executive director Curtis Robinhold.