Ports and Terminals Luncheon

    One of our premier educational events for our members and the public, the Ports and Terminals Luncheon presents nationally recognized industry experts in a format that encourages questions and lively debate.

    On June 27, 2018, more than 100 PTA members and their guests joined us for "California Ports: Confronting Challenges, Gearing for Growth," featuring the executive directors of the ports of Oakland and Long Beach, California.

    Read Logistics Management's coverage and American Shipper's coverage of the event. And the News Release from the Port of Oakland.

    More than 40 percent of the total containerized cargo entering the United States arrives at California ports and almost 30 percent of the nation’s exports flow through ports in the Golden State.Port activities employ more than 500,000 people in California and generate an estimated $9 billion in state and local tax revenue annually. Nationwide, nearly 3 million jobs are linked to California’s public ports.*

    Port Executive Directors Chris Lytle of Oakland, and Mario Cordero of Long Beach discussed and debated the future of two of our most important trade gateways. Mr. John McLaurin, president of the PMSA, served as moderator.

    Previous Ports and Terminals Luncheon speakers include:

    • Chris Koch, president and CEO of the World Shipping Council
    • Rodolfo Sabonge, vice president of the Panama Canal Authority
    • Walter Kemmsies, world-renown agro-economist at Moffatt & Nichol
    • John Hummer, director of the Northern California region for MARAD
    • James McKenna, president of the Pacific Maritime Association
    • Bill Mongelluzzo, senior editor of The Journal of Commerce


    *Source: California Association of Port Authorities