Port of Los Angeles 101


Number One Container Port Since 2000

The Port of Los Angeles is one of the world’s busiest seaports and leading gateway for international trade in the Western Hemisphere. It has ranked as the number one container port in the United States each year since 2000.
 
The Port is a department of the City of Los Angeles (also known as the Los Angeles Harbor Department) and is governed by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, a panel appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles. Although the Port is a City department, it is not supported by City taxes. Because it operates as a landlord port with more than 300 leaseholders, the Port instead generates its revenues from leasing and shipping service fees. 
 
The Port of Los Angeles is located in San Pedro Bay and its jurisdiction is limited to the Harbor District, which includes property in San Pedro, Wilmington, and Terminal Island. All Port operations are managed by the Board of Harbor Commissioners in accordance with the Public Trust Doctrine to promote maritime, commerce, navigation, fisheries, and public access to the waterfront.
 
A major economic driver at the local, regional, and national levels, the Port of Los Angeles is a key generator of jobs, commerce and tourism in Southern California. One in nine jobs in the greater Los Angeles region is now connected to the San Pedro Bay Port Complex—which includes the Port of Los Angeles and its neighboring Port of Long Beach (a separate entity and department of the City of Long Beach).
 
Located along 43 miles of waterfront 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles encompasses 4,200 acres of land and 3,300 acres of water. It features both passenger and cargo terminals, including automobile, breakbulk, container, dry and liquid bulk, and warehouse facilities. For the last decade, the Port has also been at the forefront of revitalization of the LA Waterfront, improving public access to the water, developing public-friendly amenities and infrastructure, and transforming the shoreline into a world-class visitor destination.