Seaport Connect: San Pedro Bay and Pomerania

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This study is a response to the request from Invest in Pomerania.  This analysis, prepared by Kat Janowicz from 3COTECH, Inc., presents an overview of the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach and their competitive landscape from local, national, and global perspectives. Along those lines, it offers essential explanations of their policies and practices.

Invest in Pomerania has asked the following questions:
• What are the areas of competition between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach?
• How can they benefit from this competition?
• What are the areas in which these ports cooperate?
• Do the ports promote themselves together? If so, how do they do it and what does this joint promotion give them?
• How does such cooperation affect the economic development of the cities?
• Any good advice based on your lessons for the ports in Gdańsk and Gdynia?

This paper will shed some light on the competitive maritime transportation market in California and make it relatable to Polish readers. Invest in Pomerania hopes that the Polish and American seaports will start a conversation and turn it into a long-term collaboration. This report initiates the creation of a platform for the exchange of knowledge and opportunities. As highlighted by the World Bank, Poland has been an economic and development success story with the most stable economic growth in the EU over the last two decades. Among the key factors behind that success are first a shared policy vision and macroeconomic stability. Second, access to global markets demanded that Polish companies become more productive and competitive. Finally, heavy investments in education allowed Poland to create a market economy with well paying jobs.

There is no doubt Poland has excellent and internationally recognized talent. Strategically located at the critical junction of European maritime trade, the Tri-City ports are an essential link in the Baltic-Adriatic Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The Polish ports have already implemented many industry best practices and most likely will continue to grow steadily. Nonetheless, some of the concepts described in this report may serve either as inspiration or warning for the port authorities and harbor community in Tricity.


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