May 28, 2020 — Efficiency. Resiliency. Advocacy. These pillars have kept the Port of Long Beach strong in good times and bad. While the one-two punch of the U.S.-China trade war and a global pandemic has slowed trade around the world, it has toughened the Port of Long Beach’s resolve to build on these pillars and work with its partners to emerge stronger.
“We have remained open for business and we will continue to do so throughout this period of radical uncertainty,” said Executive Director Mario Cordero. “Early on, we created our Business Recovery Task Force to respond quickly to the current challenges facing our Port, our community and our nation, and lay the groundwork to maximize recovery for when cargo rebounds.”
Made up of a core group of Port executives, the Business Recovery Task Force holds virtual meetings every day to exchange updates, identify emerging issues and map out next steps for carrying out its five-part mission: 1) gathering and reporting critical business information, 2) anticipating and addressing operational issues, 3) engaging and mobilizing supply chain partners, 4) expediting containers carrying COVID-19 supplies, and 5) advocating for ports, goods movement and trade. The work builds on the Port’s existing efficiency, resiliency and advocacy initiatives to respond proactively to the unimaginable confluence of events.