Global Advantage

Centered between markets in Asia and North America, with access over the pole to Western Europe, Alaska’s location offers a unique advantage to companies doing business internationally.

As the Northwest Passage – running from the Atlantic across the upper reach of North America and down around Alaska to the Pacific – increasingly opens to ship traffic, the state’s ports stand to grow in importance. The Port of Alaska, located in downtown Anchorage, is the state’s main cargo import terminal, handling more than 3.5 million tons of food, building materials, cars, clothing, cement, and fuel. The Port of Valdez is the northern-most, ice-free port in the U.S, and serves as the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System moving more than 1.5 million barrels of crude per day. On the Kenai Peninsula, more than 130,000 people and two million tons of cargo enter or exit Seward through the Alaska Railroad Dock Terminal. In Southeast Alaska, the Port of Skagway connects to Canada’s Yukon Territory by road, while the Port of Ketchikan sports four panamax-sized cruise ship berths.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), supported by major commercial airports in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Ketchikan, offers unmatched access to the world’s markets. For air carriers, Anchorage is less than 9.5 hours by air from 90 percent of the industrialized world. The state’s air cargo transfer rights and location allow for both cost and operational efficiencies not available elsewhere. Ted Stevens International Airport, the fifth busiest cargo airport in the world, is also located in a Foreign Trade Zone to facilitate easy transfer of cargo.

Ted Stevens International Airport Facts:

  • Foreign Trade Zone status
  • Liberalized cargo transfer rights
  • Over 75 percent of air cargo between North America and Asia passes through ANC
  • Average of 500 wide-body aircraft landings per week
  • Less than 9.5 hours from 90 percent of the industrialized world
  • Second in North America and #5 in the world for cargo throughput
  • Over 5 million passengers served annually