The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) is an independent, not-for-profit association focused on global trade.

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The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) is an independent, not-for-profit association focused on global trade. PMSA operates offices in Oakland, Long Beach and Seattle, and represents owners and operators of marine terminals and U.S. and foreign vessels operating throughout the world.

On behalf of its members, PMSA engages in community affairs and legislative and regulatory affairs in California and Washington state.  PMSA provides members with information services, including regular updates on matters of interest to the shipping industry.  It also serves as a clearinghouse for environmental practices across the industry.

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) is an independent, not-for-profit association focused on global trade.

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PMSA Annual Luncheon April 16th with Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis
Please join us Tuesday, April 16th for the PMSA Annual Luncheon. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in the Regency Ballroom. Our Keynote Speaker this year is California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis. To register or for more information, please click here.


Thank you to all of our Sponsors!


Platinum Sponsor: Port of Long Beach


Gold Sponsors:


AIM Chassis

Center of International Trade Developement (CITD)



Flynn, Delich & Wise

Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)


Mitsubishi Cement

Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals

Peacock Piper Tong + Voss LLP

Pacific Maritime Association

Port of Hueneme

Port of Los Angeles

Ports America


Total Terminals

Yusen Terminals

PMSA Press Releases

5/18/18 - PMSA's Mike Moore Given Maritime Award 

4/24/18 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study - April  

11/2/17  - Statement of PMSA President John McLaurin Regarding the Clean Air Action Plan

10/23/17 - John McLaurin discusses CAAP on NBC 

9/19/17 - CAAP Letter Statement  

8/30/17 - PMSA Statement on CAAP Workshop  

8/21/17 - Costly Environmental Policies May Result in Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

8/21/17 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Infographic  

8/21/17 - PMSA Carbon Comparison Context 

8/18/17 - PMSA Statement on POLA Emissions Inventory 

7/19/17 - PMSA Clean Air Action Plan Press Release 

5/18/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study April

4/20/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study March

3/16/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study February

1/25/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study December

1/3/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study November


Interested in becoming a PMSA member? Contact Laura Germany at


PMSA Blog Corner

Record Cargo Volumes & Cleaner Air

By Thomas Jelenić

Maritime Logistics Professional

September 7, 2018


The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles recently released their annual emissions inventories and the news was impressive. Cargo volumes are at record levels while emissions continue to decline. In fact, the twin ports were a hair's breadth away from meeting their 2023 air quality goals in 2017 (the calendar year the current emissions inventories cover) and may very well have met those goals this year - five years early. Diesel particulate emissions are down over 87%, emissions of sulfur oxides are down over 97%, and emissions of nitrogen oxides are down over 56%.

When you drill into the numbers, some very impressive gains pop out. For cargo-handling equipment, emissions of diesel particulates are down over 90%, while nitrogen oxides were down over 71%. This means that the air in our local communities continues to improve. All of this happened with cargo reaching a record volume of nearly 16.8 million twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) units in 2017, a 7% increase over its previous peak in 2006 - 11 years earlier.

It is important to stress the importance of this achievement. For one reason, the cargo that flows through Southern California's maritime gateway represents about 40% of all waterborne cargo entering the United States.

Click here to read the rest of the Op/Ed.

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