Last year, The California government had a report regarding California ports receiving $1.2 billion in federal grants. California Governor Gavin Newsom officially announced the grants on July 6, 2023. Capital will be put aside for multiple projects in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland ports. The purpose of the grants is for an overall improvement of port systems while creating zero-emission infrastructure to lower pollution. Newsom noted, “These investments will modernize our ports, reduce pollution, eliminate bottlenecks, and create a more dynamic distribution network.” Along with port upgrades, these investments will create over 20,000 jobs in the three ports.
Why are the California Ports Receiving $1.2 Billion in Grants?
During the coronavirus pandemic, the California ports’ cargo volumes grew to record levels. This resulted in congestion, delays, and equipment shortages and revealed several weak links in the ports. The state of California acted by issuing grants to fund development and modernization. While the goal is to build a more effective system for freight movement, various projects will help achieve this. One of the most significant projects is to enlarge the Maritime Support Facility. The Maritime Support facility is in charge of providing chassis and extra storage for all of the terminals in the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. Bottlenecks in the past years led to overflowing containers and a limited amount of chassis to move the containers.
Along with growing infrastructure, the projects also include improving port roads. In the port of Los Angles, State Route 47 meets Navy Way and Seaside Avenue. These routes tend to get congested, leading to delays for shipments inside and out of the port. The California government will award $41.79 million in grant money to renovate the route to reduce collisions and lower traffic. A two-lane road by the port of Los Angeles is being made to cut traffic. Other grants include hundreds of millions to develop zero-emission cargo handling equipment in the Ports of Oakland and Long Beach. The plans mentioned are some of the 15 projects to improve and develop the ports’ capabilities.
How Will Shippers Benefit?
The Port of Los Angeles is known as the biggest seaport in the U.S., with the other ports following closely. With the amount of cargo moved through the ports yearly, renovations will significantly impact international shipping. In the past few years, the coronavirus pandemic grew the amount of goods bought online. This increased imports from countries like China. A side effect was a shipment surge resulting in port congestion and delays. The port improvement projects are a significant step towards fixing the challenges and keeping up with the demand. Shippers will benefit by decreasing the number of supply chain disruptions for them and their clients.
Port infrastructure upgrades not only benefit regular shippers but first-time shippers as well. However, it may not be enough to ensure the entire freight movement process runs smoothly. It is crucial to talk to a customs broker and freight forwarder to guarantee the moving of your cargo. Contact A1 Worldwide Logistics at 305-440-5156 for customs clearance and assistance in getting your goods to the final destination. Whether you are importing into or out of the U.S., we will guide you through the shipping process.