Freight and Technology
Washington’s location in the northwest corner of the continental United States provides the state with a number of trade advantages. Washington’s ports are closer to Asia than any other major American ports, and the state shares an international boundary with the United State’s largest trade partner, Canada. In addition, many goods bound for Alaska travel through Washington. As a result, one in four jobs in Washington is dependent on trade.
Recognizing the importance of this link, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) developed a series of innovative technology systems designed to facilitate the commercial movement of goods while addressing growing security concerns. These systems, developed in partnership with wide range of public and private organizations, typically use radio frequency identification transponders (often called tags) to transfer freight information, facilitate inspections, and monitor commercial vehicles and their drivers and cargos.
• Briglia, Peter. Preliminary Application to the Federal Highway Administration for Participation in the Fiscal Year 2003 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Deployment Program for the Integration of Electronic Commercial Vehicle, Cargo, and Driver Information at the U.S./Canada International Border.(PDF) March 2002.