The Port of Los Angeles, Southern California's gateway
to international commerce, is located in San Pedro Bay,
just 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
seaport not only sustains its competitive edge with
record-setting cargo operations, but is also known for
its groundbreaking environmental initiatives, progressive
security measures and diverse recreational and educational
The Port of Los Angeles is a department of the City
of Los Angeles and is often referred to as the Los Angeles
Harbor Department. The Port is operated and managed
under a State Tidelands Trust that grants local municipalities
jurisdiction over ports and stipulates that activities must
be related to commerce, navigation
and fisheries. A five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners
are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Los
Angeles City Council to provide direction and create
policy for the Port.
As a proprietary and self-supporting department, the
Port is not supported by taxes. Instead, revenue is
derived from fees for shipping services such as dockage,
wharfage, pilotage, storage, property rentals, royalties
and other Port services. Considered a landlord port,
the Port of Los Angeles leases it property to tenants
who then, in turn, operate their own facilities.
The Port encompasses 7500 acres, 43 miles of waterfront
and features 23 passenger and cargo terminals, including dry and liquid
bulk, container, breakbulk, automobile and warehouse facilities.
is also home to the nation's most secure cruise passenger
complex, the World Cruise