SAN PEDRO, Calif. — November 15, 2010 — In an effort to further promote its assets globally, the Port of Los Angeles has released a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking qualified firms and individuals to provide international business development and trade promotion services in eight 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: South America (domiciled in Chile), South China (domiciled in Hong Kong), North China (domiciled in Shanghai), Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia (domiciled in Singapore), Taiwan and the U.S. East Coast.

Successful candidates will assume the roles currently filled by existing international representatives. The Port’s International Business Development Representatives are an extension of its Los Angeles-based Business and Trade Development team. These overseas representatives provide the Port with a strong presence in established and potential cargo markets, and actively assist 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 December 7, 2010, before 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

For more information, call the Port of Los Angeles’ Business and Trade Development Office at (310) 732-3840, or visit www.portoflosangeles.org to download the RFP.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves.  As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 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.

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