The Port has approved funding for a cargo flow study designed to boost the region's supply chain competitiveness. The study, whose cost will be shared with the neighboring Port of Los Angeles, will evaluate turn times at terminal gates and recommend options for improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of moving cargo in and out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
The study was recommended by the Competitive Cargo Strategy Committee, a group of stakeholders that includes the two ports, the two western railroad companies - BNSF and Union Pacific, marine terminal operators, licensed motor carriers and beneficial cargo owners. The committee was formed to explore strategies for enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s supply chain in anticipation of the 2014 opening of the expanded Panama Canal. Funding for the study was approved on March 12, 2012, by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.