LA and Long Beach renew partnership amid trade challenges

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The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced they will strengthen their collaborative measures in the areas of cargo movement, connectivity, workforce development and cyber-security.

In a statement, the ports, the two largest in the US and which together form the nation’s largest seaport complex, both said that collaboration was the best way to overcome the industry’s biggest challenges.

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“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.”

“America’s two largest and most competitive ports have a long and successful history of collaborating on key issues,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.

“This agreement significantly expands these efforts and underscores our shared commitment to lead and succeed.”

The two ports account for 37% of the US’ imports and 25% of its exports, and is responsible for 3 million jobs.

However, the US-China trade war and now the coronavirus have meant operations and trade have slowed down; both ports suffered considerable TEU drops in January 2020.

They will set up a work plan to define objectives for each of the areas mentioned above.

This will be done in collaboration with stakeholders from marine terminals, labour, drayage, railroads, shipping lines, cargo owners and much else.

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