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  March 26th, 2015 | Written by

Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Collaborate On Improvements

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Top executives from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have met to launch a cooperative effort to focus on “cargo conveyance strategies that will enhance velocity and efficiency throughout their gateway’s supply chain,” according to a joint statement released by both ports.

At the end of February, the Federal Maritime Commission agreed to allow the two ports to cooperate far more strategically on finding new ways to improve the transportation network, enhance air quality and prevent congestion and cargo delays.

“Our shared goal is to optimize the performance of the trans-Pacific supply chain,” says Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup. “The San Pedro Bay has always been the fastest route between Asia and the U.S. and I’m confident we will find ways to significantly increase the velocity of goods movement and overall efficiency of our end-to-end system, thereby reinforcing our gateway as the No. 1 choice for shipments to and from Asia.”

The initial meeting of executives from both ports “set the stage to discuss a framework for how the ports will cooperate, work with stakeholders from throughout the supply chain and communicate the results of the efforts,” according to the statement. It went on to say the ports will discuss “innovative approaches” to improving the efficiency of marine terminal, trucking, rail and vessel operations, as well as legislative advocacy, security enhancements, infrastructure, technology and environmental improvements related to supply-chain optimization.

The deployment of larger ships, coupled with a new level of vessel-sharing dynamics created by carrier alliances, has created congestion issues at many large ports, but the problems have been especially severe at the San Pedro Bay ports due to the higher volumes of intermodal cargo that flow through the gateway.

“Through this working group, we will engage with our stakeholders to discuss issues and develop solutions for optimizing cargo flow through our ports,” saysPort of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka. “Our ports, customers, labor force and supply-chain partners are committed to taking this gateway to a new and higher level of performance, and we’ll accomplish this by working together.”

The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are the two largest ports in the nation, first and second respectively, and combined form the ninth-largest port complex in the world. The two ports handle approximately 40 percent of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 25 percent of its total exports.