July 15, 2014 on 9:55 am | In Bravo, Government, Green, New Developments, Problem Solving, Uncategorized, world | 2 Comments

by Jodi Summers

The SoCal Industrial Real Estate Blog enjoys watching the Port of Long Beach evolve.

Each year, when the Port offers free harbor tours from May to Nov. 1, we try to snag a reservation and enjoy the evolution.

Founded in 1911, the 3,200-acre Port of Long Beach is a premier gateway for trade between the United States and Asia The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s busiest seaports, a leading gateway for trade between the United States and Asia. It supports over a million jobs nationally and generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year. Here’s how the numbers break down.

Each year, the Port handles:

More than 6.7 million 20-foot container units (TEUs)

Cargo valued at $180 billion

63.1 million metric tons of cargo

4,000 vessel calls


The Port’s loaded containers account for:

1/3 moving through all California ports

1/4 moving through all West Coast ports

nearly 1 in 5 moving through all U.S. ports


The Port comprises:

3,200 acres of land

10 piers

80 berths

66 post-Panamax gantry cranes

Shipping terminals (22)

5 break bulk (automobiles, lumber, steel, iron ore)

6 bulk (petroleum coke, salt, gypsum, cement)

6 container

5 liquid bulk (petroleum)

International ranking

Long Beach is the second busiest port in the United States

Long Beach is the 18th busiest container cargo port in the world

If combined, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles would be the world’s eighth-busiest port complex by container volume, after Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shenzhen (China), Busan (S. Korea), Ningbo (China) and Guangzhou (China).

Port-related employment

30,000 jobs (about one in eight) in Long Beach

316,000 jobs (or one in 22) in the five-county Southern California region

1.4 million jobs throughout the U.S. are related to Long Beach-generated trade


Regional economic impacts

More than $5 billion a year in U.S. Customs revenues from the Long Beach/Los Angeles ports

About $4.9 billion a year in local, state and general federal taxes from Port-related trade

More than $47 billion in direct and indirect business sales yearly

Nearly $14.5 billion in annual trade-related wages


Trading partners

East Asian trade accounts for more than 90% of the shipments through the Port

Top trading partners by tonnage are; China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Iraq, Australia, Ecuador and Indonesia.


Top Imports

Crude oil






Top Exports

Petroleum coke

Petroleum bulk


Waste paper


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  1. The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved an $858 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the upcoming fiscal year, with two-thirds of the spending set aside for a robust building and modernization program.

    For the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, 2014, the Harbor Department plans to spend $579 million on capital projects ― part of a decade-long, $4 billion investment in Port upgrades and efficiency improvements. The ongoing Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment will continue to be the Port’s largest construction projects.

    Comment by Port of Long Beach — July 15, 2014 #

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    This lawsuit is the first enforcement action by the State Water Board’s Office of Enforcement under the State Water Board’s Government Owned and/or Operated Tank (GOT) initiative that started in 2010 with the assistance of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the second enforcement action by the State Water Board against a public entity for UST violations. The GOT initiative aims to level the playing field with respect to compliance and enforcement between privately and publicly owned and operated USTs.

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    Comment by State Water Resources Control Board — July 25, 2014 #

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