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Port of Hueneme Celebrates World Trade Week with Global Partners and Industry Leaders

PORT OF HUENEME— World Trade Week, inaugurated in 1935 by President Roosevelt, aims to highlight the significance and advantages of global trade for both local and national economies. This year, the Port of Hueneme commemorated the occasion by hosting trade partners from across the globe, focusing on “Supply Chain and A.I.” The event, now in its 11th year, took place early in May, at the FATHOMWERX lab within the Port of Hueneme, drawing nearly 100 attendees with vested interests in international trade.

Drew Rodriguez, the public and community relations senior representative at the Port of Hueneme, served as this year’s emcee. Celina Zacarias, president of the Oxnard Harbor District, underscored the importance of international trade to the port and the region, emphasizing the gathering’s significance in celebrating World Trade Week.

“It is my distinct honor to be here to celebrate World Trade Week and its connection to us all here in Ventura County,” President Zaracias said. “We are gathered here at the Port of Hueneme – the birthplace of the FATHOMWERX technology lab – to continue to explore the world trade and supply chain landscape and its interconnection to technology and its potential for the Ventura County region.”

Kristin Decas, CEO and port director, provided insights into port operations, the current state of the supply chain, updates on international trade partners and the port’s economic impact on the region. Decas highlighted recent trade missions to South Korea and Japan, emphasizing the importance of building green corridors and promoting sustainability.

Representatives from Mexico, Lithuania, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom shared valuable insights into their countries’ trade partnerships with the Port of Hueneme, noting strategic collaborations and potential growth opportunities.

The event also featured a pre-recorded message from Grant T. Harris, assistant secretary for industry and analysis, emphasizing the Department of Commerce’s commitment to enhancing supply-chain resiliency and supporting American businesses.

Caroline Kaufman, industries team lead in the Office of Supply Chain Services and the International Trade Administration, delivered the keynote address, emphasizing the crucial role of maritime services and ports in ensuring robust supply chains and the smooth movement of goods.

A panel discussion moderated by Simona Racek, co-CEO of TradeZiris, explored the role of A.I. in international trade, featuring industry experts who are leveraging A.I. to transform trade operations.

The event concluded with the presentation of special awards by the Oxnard Harbor District Board of Commissioners, recognizing companies exporting goods through the Port of Hueneme and acknowledging their contributions to trade and economic development.

Overall, the Port of Hueneme’s World Trade Week event served as a platform for fruitful discussions, collaboration, and recognition of the pivotal role of international trade in driving economic growth and prosperity. For more information, please visit https://www.portofhueneme.org/.

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