California Investing $30M for Shared Port Data System

Governor Gavin Newsom (D) recently announced a $30 million investment of state funds toward developing a “shared data system” aimed at improving the flow of goods at the Port of Long Beach and four other major seaports in California.

[Above photo by Port of Long Beach]

Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding, the governor said the one-time $30 million allocation from the California Budget Act would be shared by 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 noted that it would devote its share of 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.

“Sharing vital shipping data will reduce delays and aid the entire goods movement industry from the docks to doorsteps,” said Mario Cordero, the port’s executive director, in a statement.

“By working together, California’s ports can enable end-to-end visibility and connectivity across the supply chain,” he said.

“Consumers and shippers expect cargo visibility in this era of e-commerce and overnight deliveries,” added Long Beach Harbor Commission President Sharon Weissman. “A single, unified clearinghouse of information will move goods more quickly and efficiently.”

In 2021, the Port of Long Beach partnered with St. Louis-based technology firm UNCOMN to create the Supply Chain Information Highway and provide 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, Port Miami and the South Carolina Ports Authority are collaborating and participating in the project, the Port of Long Beach added.

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