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January 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
After an unprecedented year of toy recalls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is adding staff at the nation's busiest ports and pledging to work more closely with the U.S. Customs Service to stop suspect imports and identify potential hazards before toys hit the market. Congress provided the CPSC with an additional $20 million for the current fiscal year but has stalled on legislation that would significantly strengthen the agency's regulatory powers. Under the new initiatives, the CPSC will begin to place full-time staff at some of the nation's busiest ports.
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - With a hot sun bearing down, Gov. Chris Christie grasped a ceremonial shovel and dug into a patch of dirt where a new park would bloom in a blighted area of Newark. To his right, holding another shovel, was Bill Baroni, then Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - and now a central player in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has enveloped the New Jersey governor and his aides. Baroni was delivering a $9-million boost from his agency's coffers to buy land for the park.
March 15, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach saw more of a decline in cargo traffic in February than other ports around the nation, perhaps proving there is one month out of the year in which there's little advantage in having China as a primary trading partner. That's because of the annual Chinese New Year celebration. Chinese factories traditionally close for the celebration for a week or more. This year, the factory slowdown hit trade traffic in February. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest U.S. seaport complex, move 40% of the nation's Asian imports, and most of that comes from China.
March 11, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Alana Semuels and Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Powerful waves damaged ports and harbors in four Northern California counties Friday, authorities said, sweeping a man out to sea who had been taking pictures of the incoming tsunami from Japan. California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency in Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Del Norte and Humboldt counties. Near Crescent City, just south of the Oregon border, a huge wave swept away three men who ventured into an evacuated area at about 10 a.m. Friday, according to the Coast Guard.
April 16, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together make up the nation's busiest shipping container complex, showed gains in cargo traffic for the fourth straight month in March, boosting trade-related employment in Southern California. In Los Angeles, the largest U.S. port, exports jumped 15.8% compared with March 2009, driven by such items as scrap paper, scrap metal, agricultural products and finished manufactured goods. Long Beach's exports also rose strongly, 10.9%, as both ports benefited from the weakness of the U.S. dollar against other major world currencies.
May 13, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
Trade at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continued to rebound in April, marking the fifth straight month of cargo gains at the nation's busiest seaport complex. And one of the most encouraging signs might have been the sharp rise in the number of containers that were not carrying goods of any kind. The number of empty containers shipped out through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in April rose by 20.2% and 15.8%, respectively, compared with the same month in 2009.
February 15, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The nation's busiest seaport complex had its best January since the recession because of a weak dollar, stronger Asian economies and a steadier U.S. consumer. The cargo traffic numbers also showed the increasing importance of exports at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which rank first and second in the U.S. for container cargo, respectively. As recently as 2008, imports outpaced exports by more than 3 to 1. But in January, the ratio had shrunk to a little more than 2 to 1. Although the U.S. trade deficit hasn't declined, the two ports have done well in luring more customers that ship goods overseas, economist Paul Bingham said.
March 29, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, long known as America's gateway for imported goods, are trying to generate more export business as the international trade sector struggles to regain its sea legs. The mission is vital for the twin ports and the thousands of people who work on the docks as well as for trucking companies, warehouses and logistics businesses in Southern California: A new report shows that the local ports' reliance on foreign toys, clothing and other products heightened the region's economic suffering when the global recession squeezed the flow of imports, while ports with more balanced operations fared better and now are recovering more quickly.
February 22, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are bringing in a surprising new commodity: jobs. The first post-recession surge in employment at the nation's busiest seaport complex began this month and appears to be gathering momentum. There has been as much as a threefold increase in the number of longshoremen finding work on the docks in the first three weeks of February compared with the same period last year, a review of daily employment dispatches shows. Through the first three weeks there was an average of 2,679 longshore jobs a day during the usual three work shifts at the two ports, according to the summaries.
February 17, 2005
Re "Meeting Delay for Hahn Task Force Stirs Concern," Feb. 10: Once again The Times has missed the point in claiming that the ports are the largest source of air pollution in the region. If only it were that simple. The reality is the ports are made up of thousands of enterprises and operations that carry goods into and out of the ports. There are thousands of ship visits, truck trips and rail moves every year. There are thousands of pieces of equipment -- from tugboats to forklifts -- that provide the cargo-handling needs and support the movement of goods into the region.
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