All Hands On Deck
Los Angeles Business Journal
By John McLaurin
February 17, 2014
More than $300 billion worth of cargo moves through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,
supporting 315,000 jobs in Southern California and millions more across the nation. The forces -
either good or bad - that affect these ports and the movement of goods they support have
repercussions, not only locally but across the state and the nation.
Strategic investments made by previous leaders of the ports - such as dredging, and the
development of large amounts of land, highway and rail access for cargo delivery throughout
Southern California and the nation as a whole – have provided the key ingredients for success. In
addition, marine terminal operators have invested billions of dollars in new equipment, terminal
upgrades and environmental improvements.
Despite the success that our ports have achieved over the years, they are also facing a number of
challenges - all of them extremely serious.
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