Mission: To provide a one-of-a-kind annual event/forum/networking venue for export trade logistics opportunities, challenges, and promotion, through the state of California.
Where: The major export gateway of Long Beach, Calif.
When: September 4-5, 2013
Who: The inaugural CalExport Conference is presented by Cargo Business News and hosted by the Port of Long Beach.
Why: The U.S. federal initiative to double its exports in a short span of time is gaining traction, and results.
The total value of U.S. exports moving out of California in 2011 was almost $160 billion, accounting for over 11 percent of all U.S. exports.
The event’s host city’s Port of Long Beach alone handled over 1.5 million loaded outbound containers in 2011, and the state of California as a whole is a huge exporting engine.
U.S. exports to China alone are forecast to grow faster over the next five years than imports.
Primary conference demographic: Beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) based around the U.S. who either export through California, or are interested in doing so, in addition to those who service them, regional/local trade communities, and international trading partners.
Projected attendance: 300-400
Content: To include but not limited to: Trade flows, trends and policies; logistical opportunities and challenges; perspectives on/from overseas export market partners.