SAN PEDRO, Calif. — July 20, 2007 — In an effort to further promote its assets globally, the Port of Los Angeles has released a Request for Proposal (RFP), seeking qualified firms and individuals to provide international marketing and trade promotion services in 10 locations worldwide.

With satellite marketing offices currently representing the Port in major cities throughout the world, the Port seeks to continue operations in the each of the following specific regions, countries and cities: Australia/New Zealand, Chile, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and New York/New Jersey.

Successful candidates will assume the roles currently filled by existing international marketing representatives and join the Port’s International Marketing Network (IMN), an extension of the Port’s Los Angeles-based marketing and customer relations team. The IMN provides the Port with a strong presence in established and potential cargo markets, and actively assists U.S. and foreign exporters seeking to expand their product distribution in the global marketplace.

Proposal terms include a one-year contract (with two additional one-year renewal options) for experienced marketing representatives adept at integrating extensive maritime experience and foreign cultural knowledge to foster business relationships on behalf of the Port. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, August 13, by 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

For more information, call the Port of Los Angeles’ marketing headquarters at (310) 732-3840, or visit www.portoflosangeles.org to download the RFP.

Celebrating its Centennial in 2007, the Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port.  As the leading seaport in the nation in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 259,000 regional jobs and $8.4 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.  At the Port of Los Angeles, high priority is placed on responsible and sustainable growth initiatives, combined with high security, environmental stewardship and community outreach.  For its industry leading environmental initiatives, the Port received two Environmental Protection Agency awards in 2006.  The Port of Los Angeles – A Cleaner Port.  A Brighter Future.