The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced a collaboration Monday aimed at improving cargo movement, connectivity, workforce development, cybersecurity and more.

“America’s two largest and most competitive ports have a long and successful history of collaborating on key issues,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “This agreement significantly expands these efforts and underscores our shared commitment to lead and succeed.”

Port officials said they will meet with key players in the industry to address operational issues and work to lower costs for shippers while improving sustainability, business continuity and security.

“Our two ports are the fastest way to move goods between Asia and U.S. markets and manufacturers,” Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “The kind of cooperation that will flow from this agreement ensures we will continue to be the most efficient gateway for shippers.”

The first steps will be for the staffs of the two ports to establish a work plan to prioritize efforts, create work groups and define objectives for each of the areas outlined in the agreement.

“I look forward to the collaboration and results from this important initiative,” Los Angeles Harbor Commission President Jaime Lee said. “By tackling these issues with a unified approach, both ports and our stakeholders will be better prepared for the challenges ahead.”

More than 3 million jobs nationwide are connected to the port complex, but the ports continue to face competitive challenges as they try to maintain their market share, port officials said.

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