The Ports Support 976,000 Jobs in Southern California

As the two largest ports in the nation, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach generate $200 billion annually in throughput, and handle 43% of all waterborne U.S. trade and 60% of all imports from Asia. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have already been created in Southern California by ever-increasing port activity. With trade volume projected to triple over the next 20 years, Southern California has an unprecedented opportunity to solidify its position as the nation’s pre-eminent trade center. However, a number of challenges threaten the ports’ and industry's ability to sustain their role as critical economic engines in California and the nation.

  • Congestion in the region continues to increase, and the construction of necessary improvements to alleviate bottlenecks is hindered by funding shortfalls and delays in the decision-making process.

  • Air quality and other environmental impacts associated with port growth must be mitigated.

  • Community opposition to port growth due to concerns over neighborhood impacts is perhaps the biggest threat to port expansion and infrastructure development.

The time is now for a dynamic and visionary organization to secure a vibrant economic and environmental future for the ports, their businesses and their surrounding communities. FuturePorts is the advocacy organization focused on solving goods movement problems using stakeholder engagement, providing a regional perspective on the ports and shipping supply chain. The FuturePorts Strategic Action Plan identifies growth and environmental challenges, and provides an advocacy framework to support effective win-win solutions that both grow and green our ports.


the futureports strategic action plan

  • Serve as a regional voice for our members at local, state and federal regulatory and legislative agencies on issues affecting the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex and its industry providers; monitor and report on these agency actions.
  • Participate in agency planning programs and decision-making.
  • Formulate policy positions on planning and regulatory issues affecting the ports and shipping supply chain.
  • Establish pro-active approaches to environmental issues by promoting port and industry stewardship and emphasizing the importance of balanced, reasonable and cost-feasible strategies. 
  • Identify local and regional solutions to eliminate congestion bottlenecks and achieve much-needed air quality improvements.
  • Identify critical construction projects and develop strategies for eliminating delays in project funding, environmental permitting and construction.
  • Increase public awareness and knowledge about the value of the ports and industry services for the community at large.