American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

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AAPAFounded in 1912, AAPA today represents 160 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 300 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. As a critical link for access to the global marketplace, each year, U.S. seaports alone generate some $3.2 trillion in economic activity, support the employment of more than 13 million people and import and export more than 2 billion tons of cargo including food, clothing, medicine, fuel and building materials, as well as consumer electronics and toys. The volume of cargo shipped by water is expected to dramatically increase by 2020 and the number of passengers traveling through our seaports will continue to grow. To meet these demands, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

Air quality issues are receiving increasing attention at U.S. ports. As larger vessels enter U.S. waters bringing more cargo, ports must expand their landside operations to accommodate this growth. As landside infrastructure expands, truck and rail traffic to and from U.S. ports also increases. While trade yields tremendous economic benefits for the port community, as well as local, state and federal governments, it can impact air quality in and around port communities if the growth is
not carefully planned and/or mitigated.

Marine Spatial Planning

Seaports have always been and will continue to be integral to the economy, environment and security of the regions and nations they serve. As such, marine spatial planning processes now underway or being considered worldwide must factor in the seaport industry’s role and how goods move around the globe.

DOT Appropriations

The nation’s intermodal transportation system is only as efficient as its narrowest, most congested
point, which is often the landside connection at ports. No matter how heavily ports invest or how
productive ports make their marine terminal facilities, our transportation system cannot operate to
maximum efficiency unless cargo can move quickly, and cost effectively, in and out of ports.