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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
November 2009
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Board Approves New Clean Trucks Registration Agreement

Following the recent settlement of a lawsuit by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) against the Port's Clean Trucks Program, the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on November 16 approved a new "Registration Agreement" for drayage trucks operating in the port. It replaces and simplifies the previous "Concession Agreement."
The change has no impact on the environmental requirements of the Clean Trucks Program, which is already ahead of schedule in its goal to dramatically decrease truck related air pollution in the Port area.
After January 1, 2010, trucks with 1993 model engines and older will be banned from entering Port terminals and more than 90 percent of trucks operating in the Port will have 2007 or newer, less polluting engines.
Learn more: Click here for a FAQ on the settlement. Click here for copy of the new Registration Agreement. For more information on the Clean Trucks Program, click here.
On video: Click here for an "On the Go" video segment on the Clean Trucks Program's first year anniversary.
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Workshop Clarifies New Clean Trucks Fee Payment

The Port recently conducted a workshop on the new streamlined Clean Trucks container claiming process that began November 15. Under the new rule, only cargo owners using 2006 engine model year or older trucks will have to claim and pre-pay the Clean Trucks Program fee. Before, all cargo owners claimed and pre-paid the fees, although those using clean trucks or rail were reimbursed.
Fees collected from dirty trucks are used to help finance new, less-polluting trucks.
Learn more: Click here for archived webcast of the November 10th workshop. To submit questions and comments please email at
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Container Trade Drops 24 percent in October

Containerized cargo at the Port of Long Beach declined 24 percent in October compared to the same period last year. The Port's shipping terminals moved 452,418 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEUs, in October, compared to 595,189 a year ago.
Imported cargo dropped 22.4 percent to 227,064 TEUs from last year. Exports declined 10.1 percent to 109,337 TEUs from a year ago. The number of empty containers, most of which are sent overseas to be refilled with products, declined by 27.4 percent to 119,194 TEUs.
So far in 2009, overall container trade is down by 24.5 percent compared to the same time period in 2008.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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Port Joins Trade Mission to China

Six major U.S. West Coast ports and two railroads joined forces at the World Shipping Summit in Qingdao, China, in November to promote the Western U.S. as the premier gateway for Asian cargo.
The group comprised the seaports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Oakland and the railroads BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad. The group addressed customers of the maritime industry including ocean carriers, beneficial cargo owners and marine terminal and intermodal operators.
"The U.S. West Coast ports are major players in world trade because of our deep water, vast container terminals, an unrivaled roadway and rail network, and the neighboring warehousing to complement our ports. These advantages enable us to handle more than $450 billion in trade a year. We are the best way to move trade between the U.S. and Asia," said Richard D. Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach.
On video: Click here for the full news release.
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Port, China Merchants Sign "Green" Pact

In a new "green port" collaboration, the Port of Long Beach and China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI), one of the world's largest operators of seaport terminals, have signed a comprehensive environmental exchange agreement to further "green" technologies and practices on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
The agreement was signed November 12 in Qingdao, China during a trade mission attended by top Port officials, including Harbor Commission President Nick Sramek, Commissioner Susan E. Anderson Wise and Executive Director Richard D. Steinke.
It is the fourth such agreement the Port of Long Beach has signed with partners around the world in an effort to globalize cutting edge environmental technology and policies. The Port has similar green accords with the Port of Rotterdam, Yantian International Container Terminals in China and a group of ports in Mexico. China Merchants Holdings International is the largest public port operator in China, with a nationwide port network that includes coastal hub ports in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xiamen Bay and Zhanjiang.
Read more: The Port has gathered a list of resources for job seekers. Click here for the full news release.
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Zero-Emission Ideas to be Evaluated

Seven companies have responded to the Request for Concepts and Solutions for a Zero Emission Container Mover System (ZECMS) issued in June 2009 by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA).
The ports, ACTA and a panel of independent experts will soon begin a thorough review of the ideas for new, non-polluting technology to move containers between the marine terminals and an intermodal rail yard near West Long Beach. The evaluation is expected to be completed by spring 2010 and will be followed by a Request for Proposals.
The ideas being reviewed came from American Maglev Technology of Florida Inc., Bombardier, Flight Rail Corp., Freight Shuttle Partners, Innovative Transportation Systems Corp., Magna Force Inc. and Tetra Tech Inc.
Learn more: For more information, go to
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TWIC Office Downtown Now Closed

The downtown Long Beach TWIC Enrollment Center at 301 E. Ocean Blvd. has closed its doors.
Port related workers who are required to enroll in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program should enroll at the Terminal Island TWIC Enrollment Center located at 1001 New Dock St., San Pedro, CA 90731.
Read more: For the official Transportation Security Administration website click here.
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New Pulse of Port Now Airing
The latest installment of "Pulse of the Port," the Port's award winning video program, takes viewers 15-stories above the sea in a gantry crane, into the bustling nightlife at one of the Port's shipping terminals, on board a pilot boat and more. Click on following links for the individual show segments.

Steinke at State of the County Address
Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke spoke about the importance of the Port of Long Beach to the local, regional and national economies at Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe's State of the County address November 4. For an archived webcast click here.

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