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Port IAO Building
The Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices,
4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach
What is the Port of Long Beach? Who operates it? Why is it important to the nation’s economy? And how is the Port improving the environment? Get the answers to these and other questions about the Port right here.


Who runs the Port?
The Port of Long Beach is a public agency managed and operated by the City of Long Beach Harbor Department. The Port is governed by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, whose five members are appointed by the mayor of Long Beach and confirmed by the City Council. The Board creates policies and appoints the Port Executive Director, the top official at the 500-employee Harbor Department.

Where is the port?
The Port's administrative offices are located at:

4801 Airport Plaza Drive
Long Beach
CA 90815

Phone: (562) 283-7000
Fax: N/A

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Does the Port receive funding from the City of Long Beach?
No. The Port of Long Beach is an enterprise department, meaning it generates its own revenues.  It does not receive tax money from the City. It is a "landlord port," meaning it leases its facilities to private companies, such as shipping lines and cargo-handling firms. Those private companies pay rent to the Port. Those leases are the principal source of revenue for the Long Beach Harbor Department.  Port revenues pay for the wages of the Harbor Department employees, maintenance and infrastructure investment, among other things. California tidelands laws require that ports earn and spend their revenues only on activities related to commerce, navigation, marine recreation and fisheries.

What is the difference between the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles?
The two ports are located side-by-side in San Pedro Bay, but are two separate entities. The Port of Long Beach is operated by the City of Long Beach. The Port of Los Angeles is operated by the City of Los Angeles.

The two ports compete for business, but cooperate regularly on various areas including security, infrastructure projects and environmental programs. Combined, the number of cargo containers shipped through the two ports rank as the world's sixth busiest port complex.

Who owns the Port?
Port lands are owned by the City of Long Beach in trust for the people of the State of California and cannot be sold to any private enterprises. In 1911, the California Legislature approved a Tidelands grant, giving the City of Long Beach the right to manage and develop the Harbor District for the sole purposes of commerce, navigation, fisheries and recreation.

What is the Port doing to improve the environment?
The Port of Long Beach is committed to becoming the most environmentally-friendly Port in the world.  The Board of Harbor Commissioners has adopted the pioneering Green Port Policy, which sets the framework for the Port’s environmental protection efforts as well as its day-to-day operations.  Through the Green Port Policy, the Port is taking bold steps to protect wildlife habitat, improve air and water quality, clean soil and undersea sediments and create a "sustainable" Port culture.  Read more about the Port’s innovative Green Port Policy

How can I get a job at the Port?
Eighty-five percent of the positions at the Long Beach Harbor Department – the city department that manages the Port of Long Beach – are filled through the Long Beach Civil Service Department.  These government jobs include administrative, planning, engineering, security and maintenance positions. To obtain information on Harbor Department job openings click here.

How can my company do business with the Port?
The Port of Long Beach regularly seeks proposals from qualified firms to provide services and products. Visit our Contractors and Vendors page to learn more.

The Port has also established the Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program to ensure that small businesses have an equal opportunity to participate in the Port’s construction and consulting contracts and procurement opportunities. 

What is the Port of Long Beach?
The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest seaport in the United States and a key transportation hub in the global trade marketplace. More than $194 billion worth of cargo moves through the Port every year – everything from clothing and furniture to machinery and petroleum.  East Asian trade accounts for about 90 percent of the shipments through the Port.  The Port’s top trading partners are China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan.

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