I am writing to you from Tokyo, Japan, where I’m traveling with our team from the Port of Long Beach to meet with trading partners, secure future port business, and learn about emerging technologies that will ensure sustainable growth at the harbor.
Thanks to our ambitious trade agenda, the Port of Long Beach just had the strongest quarter in its history and is on pace to have a record year. This year will go down in history as one of the best years ever for our port. In just three months, we’ve seen more container volume than many major ports see in an entire year.
This is great news for the Long Beach economy, as 1 in every 8 jobs in our community is linked to trade and goods movement.
Middle Harbor, the world’s first zero-emissions terminal, will open in a few months and be ready to receive the biggest ships in the world. Ships that are too large for the expanded Panama Canal are now looking to Long Beach. Our capacity is continuing to expand, as we invest more in capital improvements than any port in the western hemisphere. Over the course of the next year, expect great news from our port as we continue to grow and lead the nation in environmental stewardship.
Maintaining and strengthening our relationships with global partners is critical to the economy of the region. Other ports are working hard to attract our customers, so we need to work twice as hard to keep them in Long Beach. I am incredibly proud of Port CEO Jon Slangerup, the Board of Harbor Commissioners, and the entire port team.