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How Does the Trade War Affect LA’s Ports?

The Port of Los Angeles.
The Port of Los Angeles.
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The battlefield of the US trade war with China hasn’t been exactly hot this week.

Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng has been murky on what’s been said in negotiations, how China might react to additional tariffs, and if there’s going to be any retaliation for telecom Huawei being banned from buying American supplies. Perhaps it’s becoming a bit of a cold war; President Trump and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin have deferred any kind of hard deadline for a phase-one agreement and China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs… agrees. There is no deadline.

How exactly is this frosty state of affairs affecting business in Los Angeles’ two gigantic shipping harbors, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach? We check in to see what the trade war’s impact is, as well as what the Ports’ operators are doing to reduce truck emissions following the rules the South Coast Air Quality Management District voted on last May.


Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles

Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach; he tweets @MarioCorderoLB