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Long Beach port officials visit the People's Republic of China for the first time following normalization of the United States' relations with China.

China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO) inaugurates international shipping, and it makes Long Beach's Pacific Container Terminal its first U.S. port of call.

The Port of Long Beach opens Foreign Trade Zone #50, allowing duty-free manufacturing, storage, repair, testing, exhibition, assembly and labeling of products for U.S. consumption or re-export.

International Transportation Service is the first container terminal in Long Beach and Southern California to operate a dockside rail facility for double-stack container trains.

Long Beach Container Terminal opens an 88-acre facility on Pier F.

Maersk opens an expanded 54-acre container terminal on Pier J.

The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) opens. Located approximately four miles from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the ICTF is operated by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Construction begins on a 147-acre landfill expansion of Pier J.

The port-sponsored World Trade Center opens on a 13.5-acre parcel in downtown Long Beach.

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