Vietnam’s Long An International Port and the Port of Long Beach have signed a letter of intent to establish a sister port relationship.
The signing ceremony was attended by Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, California State Transportation Agency Secretary Toks Omishakin, and GO-Biz Director Dee Dee Myers.
The signing ceremony reportedly creates avenues for collaboration and the exchange of insights in port management and operations. The aim is to enhance market connectivity, boost transshipment cargo volume, and foster long-term development. This event not only advances global trade but also explores the growth potential between the two significant Transpacific ports.
Within the framework of the programme to visit and work in the US, the Long An Provincial delegation along with Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Council Mai Van Nhieu, aims to connect businesses in Vietnam and US localities in the fields of industry, digital transformation, import-export services, logistics, education, among others.
Vo Quoc Huy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Long An Port JSC, said: “We value this partnership with Port of Long Beach, a well-recognised port of choice on the global stage, as we embark on our journey to become an internationally recognised port of choice in Asia.
“We believe that this relationship will bring many benefits to both parties and hope to soon materialise the relationship through cooperation activities in the fields that both parties are interested in.”
Mario Cordero, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Long Beach, stated: “We are glad to welcome the delegation of Long An Province and leaders of Dong Tam Group attending the Conference of California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA) and are pleased to sign a Letter of Intent with Long An International Port.
“This signing ceremony demonstrates our desire to promote the signing of cooperation agreements not only for trade purposes but also towards sustainable development, emissions reduction, and environmental friendliness. Thus, we want to cooperate long-term so that Long An International Port and Port of Long Beach can be a bridge to transship goods from Vietnam to the US and vice versa.”
Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $52.6 million grant to modernise critical on-dock rail capabilities and improve several key roadways aimed at speeding the flow of cargo through the Port of Long Beach.