Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, and Hueneme signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch the California Port Data Partnership, serving as the basis of cooperation for the $27 million in grant funds from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for port data system development.
“As California’s population continues to grow and demand for imported goods continues to surge, it is vital that our state prioritize investments that will get goods moving faster,” said California Association of Port Authorities President and Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan. “We applaud Governor Newsom and GO-Biz Director Dee Dee Myers on this historic partnership.”
Over the past months, the ports and the State have held bi-weekly roundtables to develop the framework for the MOU. The funds were included in the Budget Act of 2022, which included a historic multi-billion-dollar state investment in California’s goods movement and supply chain sectors.
The MOU outlines an agreement between the five ports to jointly advance computerized and cloud-based data sharing with a common goal of supporting improved freight system resilience, goods movement efficiency, emissions reduction, and economic competitiveness.
Under the terms of the MOU, Governor Newsom said the one-time $27 million allocation from the California Budget Act would be shared by the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Oakland, the Port of San Diego and the Port of Hueneme.
The 11 major commercial ports that comprise the California Association of Port Authorities handle 38% of all containerized imports and 28% of all exports in the U.S. – reaching every corner of the country. Collectively, the California Ports are the most consequential system of ports in the nation.