Long Beach sends trade mission to Asia to drum up trade

22 October 2014Shipping News

IN an effort to retain and bring more business to the port of Long Beach a trade mission comprising Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia, harbour commissioners and senior staff are visiting a number of countries in Asia.

The Long Beach officials, including new chief executive Jon Slangerup, are scheduled to meet with senior leadership of shipping lines based in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan to explain the port's competitive advantages for business.

Mayor Garcia said the trip is an opportunity to bring more jobs and economic development to Long Beach, and to underscore the port's continuing commitment to green, environmentally sustainable growth.

The group will meet with companies including current customers Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), Cosco, "K" Line, Hanjin and Toyota to strengthen relations. Meetings with prospective clients have also been scheduled. 

With congestion issues front and centre in Long Beach and the harbour commission focused on implementing solutions, another topic of the meetings with key customers will be congestion relief. 

Shipping executives will be updated on on-going modernisation and capital improvement projects such as the Middle Harbour Terminal Redevelopment and the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement.

"We want to hear from our customers so that, together, we can address issues of common concern and work toward our mutual success," said harbour commission president Doug Drummond.