Marine Transportation and Seaport Issues

Background on Marine Transportation in Southern California

  • Why are our seaports important?
    • The largest US seaport for ocean freight
    • World's third largest seaport for containerized cargo (about 90% of all freight shipped is shipped in containers)
    • More than 400,000 Southland jobs are directly related to international trade and ocean freight
    • Cargo movement affects the environment of Southern California


  • What are the important issues?
    • Commerce: jobs and economic development of the region
    • Environment: the environmental costs of those economic benefits
    • Security: the risks of terrorism because of our size and importance to the US and Southern California economics
    • Traffic: both an environmental and transportation issue


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