California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a $30 million investment towards developing a shared data system aimed at improving the flow of goods at San Pedro Bay ports and other major seaports in the state.
The investment will be shared among the Port of Long Beach, the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Oakland, the Port of San Diego and the Port of Hueneme. The Port of Long Beach will devote its share of the funding to the ongoing development, enhancement and refinement of its Supply Chain Information Highway, a digital solution designed to maximize efficiency and visibility in cargo movement.
The initiative aims to reduce delays and aid the entire goods movement industry from “docks to doorsteps” by sharing vital shipping data. According to Long Beach Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman, a single, unified clearinghouse of information will move goods more quickly and efficiently.
“Consumers and shippers expect cargo visibility in this era of e-commerce and overnight deliveries,” said Weissman.
In 2021, the Port of Long Beach partnered with St. Louis-based UNCOMN, a leading tech firm, to create the Supply Chain Information Highway, providing partners with access to data to plan, schedule and track cargo containers. With the project now in Phase 2, developers are focusing on enhancing the system’s interoperability, particularly among other seaports. The Port of Oakland, the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Utah Inland Port Authority, PortMiami and the South Carolina Ports Authority are collaborating and participating with the Port of Long Beach in the project.
“Sharing vital shipping data will reduce delays and aid the entire goods movement industry from the docks to doorsteps,” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero. “By working together, California’s ports can enable end-to-end visibility and connectivity across the supply chain.”
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