Welcome to the Harbor Association

The Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce was formed to initiate, sponsor and promote policies to further enhance development of commerce and industry in the area.

HAIC was established in 1975 to be a collective voice and advocate for the harbor business community. HAIC is a non-profit industrial and commercial trade association which serves as a united voice on trade, transportation, energy, environmental and land-use issues affecting the South Bay and harbor business communities.

The heart of HAIC is its committees which monitor legislation, provide a forum for industrial and government speakers to address key issues, write resolutions and provide oral testimony of support or opposition which reflect the association's overall position. Members are encouraged to become active on one of a number of committees including: Government Affairs, Marketing & Communications, Programs, Development, Education, Scholarship & Philanthropy, and the special events such as the Harbor Cup Challenge golf tournament, our "Salute to Industry awards banquet and our annual visitation to Sacramento to meet with our legislators.

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Mission Statement

It shall be the mission of the Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce to be a collective voice and advocate for the harbor business community on important issues pertaining to economic, environmental and public policies.

Statement of Purpose

  • To provide a forum for the industry to speak out on governmental, energy and environmental issues that directly affect membership.
  • To facilitate foreign and domestic commerce through the ports of our harbor benefiting the economic welfare of the region.
  • To participate in public hearings and meetings on behalf of its membership, reflecting membership views. To disseminate information to the membership on issues, projects and developments that are of importance to the region.

We are currently supporting

  • Timely development of the State Freight Plan prioritizing investment in projects of National and Regional significance located in key freight corridors and gateways. Projects include the I-710 corridor, Alameda Corridor East and port intermodal projects.
  • CEQA improvements
    • Administrative appeals should have a statewide time limit of 60 days versus having no time limit
  • San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and Water Resources Action Plan
  • Union Pacific - Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) Modernization Double the throughput capacity of the ICTF from 725,000 to 1.5 million containers per year
  • Legislation that promotes job creation and allows businesses to grow.
  • Re-establishment of the California Export Finance Office (CEFO)
  • Governor Brown’s “Rainy Day Fund” concept

We are currently opposing

  • Transfer of additional funds from the Port of Long Beach to the City of Long Beach
  • Metro's proposed Congestion Mitigation Fee

We seek to raise awareness of

The huge economic impact of international goods movement and logistics in California.

  • Business taxes from logistics sectors represent more than a fifth of all business taxes
  • Activities at the Port of Los Angeles alone supports 1 out of 8 jobs
  • San Pedro Bay Port activities directly and indirectly support 886,000 jobs in California

The difficulties faced since 2008.

  • Slowly recovering from the worst global recession in seven decades
  • State unemployment level of 8.7% remains higher than the national average of 7.3%
  • Cargo volumes expected to return to 2OO7 levels by 2O14
  • Ocean freight rates recovering via reduction of active vessels, after severe decline in 20O9
  • More than half of port's volume is discretionary (an alternate port can be chosen)

The challenges California Ports face in new era of competition.

  • Prince Rupert, Canada has strong growth; faster route for Asian cargo to Chicago
  • New/expanding Mexican ports and railroads are also taking volume from CA ports
  • Panama Canal widening project scheduled for completion in 2O14. It is a game changer. All-water service from Asia to US Gulf and East Coast ports is already expanding and expansion will accelerate once the "new" canal opens
  • Competing ports are focused on infrastructure investment, cost reduction, and ease of doing business to lure cargo away from CA ports

How can Policy Makers help?

  • Understand how regulations impact cost and project delays on our ports. Lengthy delays equal sharply higher project costs and missed market opportunities. HAIC asks your help to remove government impediments so construction projects can move much faster! Focus on California competitiveness
  • Get to the bottom of what has stalled Proposition IB funding
  • Help ensure that regulation is reasonable, consistent and transparent