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The Port of Everett and the city of Ishinomaki, located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, established a Friendly Coalition Agreement in March 1994. Both districts share similar interests including maritime industries, fishing, forest products and other industrial activities. Over the years, the Port and the city of Ishinomaki have continued this relationship by exchanging cultural, economic, technological and educational information that has led to the development of both their communities.

Port and Hiroshima Sign Cooperation Agreement

hiroshima_celebration.web_versionIn late 2006, former Port Commissioner Don Hopkins and Hiroshima Governor Yuzan Fujita signed a historic shipping agreement that calls for the Port and Hiroshima to expand liner service between the two cities.

The agreement, which is stronger than a sister port agreement, sets forth certain priorities for expanding liner service between the two ports, promoting the use of both the ports in the global trading community and starting a direct service of goods between Hiroshima and Everett.

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The agreement also calls for cooperation between the two chambers of commerce to further help promote the partnership at a state, national and international level. This cooperative agreement is the first of its kind in North America.

Hiroshima Prefecture is similar to Everett in that it is a growing community that is working at developing its seaports, and promoting its facilities in the international trading market.