The California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA) is comprised of the eleven publicly-owned commercial seaports in the state. Home to three of the largest ports in the Nation, California is also blessed with eight smaller ports situated along the coast from Humboldt to San Diego, and along inland waterways in West Sacramento and Stockton.
Combined, the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles make up the largest port complex in the United States; the Port of Oakland is the 5th busiest port in the country. Some of our ports are departments of their host cities, governed by Harbor Commissions; while others are Special Districts comprised of multiple jurisdictions; still others are governed by directly-elected Harbor Commissions.
The three large container ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland handle more than 90% of the cargo entering and leaving California by water. Our eight smaller ports focus on general bulk cargo, fresh produce and other agricultural products, automobiles, aggregate, steel, liquid bulk and project cargo.
In addition to facilitating international trade, California’s ports provide world-class passenger cruise line services, restaurant and hotel services, entertainment, shopping, recreational boating and fishing, and tourist attractions. Ports also manage commercial fishing facilities and recreational harbors and marinas.
Port authorities serve as landlords, maintaining and improving properties they lease to companies that perform terminal operations. Most ports in California are tideland trust ports, managing property on behalf of all Californians through trust agreements with the State Lands Commission. All of California’s ports are enterprise districts; they do not rely on tax revenue, but rather operate on business-generated funds – true public-private partnerships.
DIVERSITY AT CALIFORNIA’S PORTS
The California Association of Port Authorities strongly supports diversity among members and within the maritime sector. For CAPA, diversity means the full participation of each individual regardless of race, color, ethnicity, age, national origin, disability, sex, gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation. Through leadership, CAPA members promote diversity in their business activities, workforces, and policies on behalf of a vigorous and vital California port industry.