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California Ports Collaborate For Efficiency

Thursday, 27 February 2020 | 00:00

Two California ports will collaborate to identify and address operational issues to improve efficiency and lower costs for shippers while improving sustainability, business continuity and security.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is an opportunity to explore five areas of cooperation that will enhance competitiveness: cargo transfer predictability, digital connectivity, cybersecurity, establishing metrics and workforce development.

“Our two ports are the fastest way to move goods between Asia and U.S. markets and manufacturers,” said Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero. “The kind of cooperation that will flow from this agreement ensures we will continue to be the most efficient gateway for shippers.”

Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said: “America’s two largest and most competitive ports have a long and successful history of collaborating on key issues. This agreement significantly expands these efforts and underscores our shared commitment to lead and succeed.”

The first steps will be for the staff of the two ports to establish a work plan that will prioritize efforts, create work groups and define objectives for each of the areas outlined in the MOU. The ports will collaborate with a range of stakeholders representing areas including marine terminals, labour, drayage, railroads, shipping lines, cargo owners and more.

The two neighbouring ports that share the San Pedro Bay move 37% of the US’ containerised imports and 25% of its exports, but continue to face competitive challenges for market share
Source: Ports Strategy

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