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West Coast Port Forum Alert

Public Forum – U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero will hold a forum titled, “U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions.” The forum’s goal is to promote dialogue on the causes and implications of congestion at U.S. ports. Industry stakeholders, regulators, and the general public are encouraged to take part.


Monday, September 15, 2014, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Port of Los Angeles Administration Building,
425 S. Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Moderated by:

Chairman Mario Cordero

West Coast Public Forum Agenda

Public Comments Submitted for the West Coast Forum

Suggested Topics for Discussion:

The Commission encourages interested parties to attend and join in the discussion on port congestion and its impact on the different industry sectors. In addition to the suggested topics listed below, participants may raise other topics related to port congestion.

  • Factors causing port congestion
  • Truck turn times
  • Impact on stakeholders
  • Use of technology to reduce congestion and related fees
  • PierPass

Who Should Attend

All members of the shipping industry including:

  • Truckers – Licensed Motor Carriers
  • Terminal Operators
  • Steamship Lines
  • Ocean Transportation Intermediaries
  • Equipment Lessors
  • Cargo Owners
  • Longshoremen
  • Port Authorities

Registration is encouraged but not required. Participants may register by contacting the Commission’s Office of the Secretary:

Email: Secretary@fmc.gov

Phone: (202) 523-5725

Written Submissions

The Commission is accepting the submission of written comments in advance of the Public Forum. Email written comments to Secretary@fmc.gov , with the subject line: “September 15 Public Forum”. The Commission will provide confidential treatment to the extent allowed by law for submissions, or parts of submissions, for which the filer requests confidentiality.

The forum will be taped, transcribed, and maintained by the Commission.

Public Comments Submitted for the West Coast Forum

Additional Information

Chairman Cordero will report back to the full Commission on issues raised in this forum. Commissioner William P. Doyle will host a Mid-Atlantic and Northeast public forum on U.S. Port Congestion, tentatively scheduled for October 1, 2014 at the World Trade Center, Baltimore Inner Harbor. More information on this forum will be provided as soon as it becomes available and be posted in the FMC Newsroom.

Public Forum Point of Contact

For questions regarding this forum please contact: Karen V. Gregory, Secretary, Federal Maritime Commission, 202-523-5725.

Port of Los Angeles Point of Contact

The Port of Los Angeles Administration Building is wheelchair accessible. For additional questions on the Port of Los Angeles facility, please contact: Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero at 310-732-3881.