California invests $30 million in shared port data system

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a $30 million investment to develop a common data system aimed at improving the flow of goods at the ports of San Pedro Bay and other major seaports in the state.

The investment will be split between the Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Oakland, Port of San Diego and Port of Hueneme. The Port of Long Beach will devote its share of the funding to the ongoing development, improvement and refinement of its Supply Chain Information Highway, a digital solution designed to maximize efficiency and transparency in cargo transportation.

The initiative aims to reduce delays and support the entire goods movement industry from “docks to door” by sharing critical shipping data. According to Sharon L. Weissman, President of the Long Beach Ports Commission, a single, unified clearinghouse for information will move goods more quickly and efficiently.

“Consumers and shippers expect freight transparency in this era of e-commerce and overnight deliveries,” Weissman said.

In 2021, the Port of Long Beach partnered with St. Louis-based UNCOMN, a leading technology company, to create the Supply Chain Information Highway, giving partners access to data for scheduling, scheduling and tracking freight containers . With the project now in phase 2, the developers are focused on improving the interoperability of the system, especially between other seaports. The Port of Oakland, the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Utah Inland Port Authority, PortMiami and the South Carolina Ports Authority are working with the Port of Long Beach and are participating in the project.

“Sharing critical shipping data will reduce delays and support the entire goods movement industry from docks to door,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “By working together, California ports can enable end-to-end visibility and connectivity throughout the supply chain.”

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