The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will strengthen collaborative measures on cargo movement efficiency, connectivity, workforce development, cybersecurity and metrics under an agreement approved by their respective Harbour Commissions.
Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero, said: “Our two ports are the fastest way to move goods between Asia and US markets and manufacturers.
“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, stated: “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 nation’s largest seaport complex will work in concert with industry stakeholders to identify and address operational issues to unlock additional efficiencies and lower costs for shippers while improving sustainability, business continuity and security.
According to the ports, the newly approved memorandum of understanding (MOU) is an opportunity to explore five areas of additional cooperation that will enhance competitiveness: cargo transfer predictability, digital connectivity, cybersecurity, establishing metrics and workforce development.
The first steps will be for the staffs of the two ports to establish a work plan that will prioritise efforts, create work groups and define objectives for each of the areas outlined in the MOU.
These efforts will be done in collaboration with stakeholders from marine terminals, labour, drayage, railroads, shipping lines, cargo owners and more.
The MOU is entered into pursuant to authority granted under Federal Maritime Commission Agreement No. 201219, which permits the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to collaborate on issues such as the environment, supply chain optimization and infrastructure development.