Exporters joined trade officials and others at a consortium at the Port of Hueneme, Calif., to talk about how to grow business with technological advances such as blockchain and e-commerce.
The mid-November event included embassy attaches from Seoul, South Korea; Jakarta, Indonesia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Los Angeles; Monterey Mexico and Singapore.
Emerging markets in Asia was a focus of the event, and many of the countries with liaisons in attendance are becoming a competitive alternative to China, according to a news release. Pellson Lau, regional export manager of the Office of International Trade at the Small Business Administration, discussed options for small and emerging as they enter the global marketplace.
The Port of Hueneme moves $9.5 billion in goods each year, and ranks in the top 10 U.S. ports for automobiles and fresh produce, according to the release.
“Today was a wonderful opportunity to have experts on trade and exports come to our port, exchange ideas, build relationships and support our community of exporters here in Ventura County and the region,” Oxnard Harbor District President Jess Herrera said in the release.
“The Port of Hueneme is a tremendous economic engine for our community and working to increase trade through programs like this will provide a direct economic benefit to the City of Oxnard,” Jeffrey Lambert, City of Oxnard community development director, said in the release.