The release of the popular Trade Numbers statistical publication has been a significant part of the World Trade Week program for the past 10 years. On November 1, 2016, LARExC in cooperation with the Irvine Chamber, the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports presented a program of updates on vital trade statistics. Serving and informing our business community was the mutual goal of this event, as insightful trade intelligence can assist with global market planning.
Trade Numbers defines the dollar value of air and sea cargo moving through our local ports and airports in Southern California. This publication also highlights, in an easy to read format, the yearly ranking of our major trading partners as well as the key products moving through our Customs District.
The program was introduced by Linda DiMario, Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism for the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. Linda introduced the two featured presenters:
- Ken Roberts is the President of WorldCity which publishes Trade Numbers for several key cargo gateways around the U.S. He is based in Coral Gables, Florida. He shared his strategic analysis on where trade is headed this year.
- Michael Webber, President of Webber Air Cargo, Inc. is based in Austin, Texas. Michael is a respected consultant in the air cargo field and shared interesting information on the growing strength of our air cargo market share and capacity in Southern California.
The two main presenters were joined by several trade experts in a panel after the presentations and engaged in a lively dialogue with the audience. This panel was chaired by Marv Sepe who heads the Irvine Chamber’s International Committee.
The genesis of this collaboration with the Irvine Chamber began with a very successful Orange County World Trade Week Breakfast & Forum held last May at the Irvine Marriott. As a follow up to this World Trade Week event, the Irvine Chamber continues to cooperate with partners on international trade programs throughout the year.
With Orange County as the second largest County in terms of cargo flowing through Southern California, our businesses play a leading role in international trade in our region. And with international cargo trends being a key instrument in planning future business development strategies, we felt that it would be very helpful if our local business and trade leaders could see where we stand in a fast changing environment.
Participants showed great interest in a follow up meeting when 2016 figures have been released and analyzed.