The Port of Long Beach was founded on June 24, 1911 as a tidelands area that was granted to the City of Long Beach for port operations. By 1926, the dredging of channels and a turning basin was complete and the port attained deep water status allowing construction of additional wharves, piers and facilities. In 1931, the port was large enough that a Board of Harbor Commissioners and a Harbor Department were created to control and manage the Harbor District formed by the Long Beach City Charter. However, until containerization revolutionized the shipping industry in 1962, the Port of Long Beach primarily generated revenue from oil drilling and produced up to 17,000 barrels a day. In 1982, the port opened Foreign Trade Zone #50 and in 1986, opened the first container terminal in Southern California to operate a dockside rail facility for double-stack container trains. Today, the Port of Long Beach is one of the busiest seaports in the world and the second busiest port in the United States after the Port of Los Angeles.

Terminals: 28

  • Containerization: 6
  • Dry Bulk: 7
  • Liquid Bulk: 7
  • Break Bulk and Ro Ro: 8


  • Volume 2010: 6.26 million TEUs
  • Volume 2011: 6.06 million TEUs


  • Green Port Policy
  • Green Ship Incentive Program
  • San Pedro Clean Air Action Plan
  • Clean Trucks Program


The Port of Long Beach adjoins the Port of Los Angeles on 3,200 acres of land on 25 miles of waterfront in Long Beach, CA.