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Port of Long Beach Secures Funding for Data System

Port of Long Beach Secures Funding for Data System

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced a $30 million investment toward developing a shared data system aimed at improving the flow of goods at the Port of Long Beach and four other major seaports in the state.

The Port of Long Beach will devote its share of funding to the ongoing development, enhancement and refinement of its Supply Chain Information Highway, a digital solution designed to maximize efficiency and visibility in cargo movement.

“Sharing vital shipping data will reduce delays and aid the entire goods movement industry from the docks to doorsteps,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “By working together, California’s ports can enable end-to-end visibility and connectivity across the supply chain.”

“Consumers and shippers expect cargo visibility in this era of e-commerce and overnight deliveries,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman. “A single, unified clearinghouse of information will move goods more quickly and efficiently.”

Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday in Sacramento, Newsom said the one-time $30 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 Port of Long Beach in 2021 partnered with a leading tech firm, St. Louis-based UNCOMN, to create the Supply Chain Information Highway and provide partners with access to data to plan, schedule and track cargo containers.

With the project now in Phase 2, developers are focusing on enhancing the system’s interoperability, particularly among other seaports. The Port of Oakland, the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Utah Inland Port Authority, PortMiami and the South Carolina Ports Authority are collaborating and participating with the Port of Long Beach in the project.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. The Port handles trade valued at more than $200 billion annually and supports 2.6 million trade-related jobs across the nation, including 575,000 in Southern California.