In an effort to provide local businesses with an up-close and personal look at how port operations can make or break their importing or exporting endeavors, the Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade hosted a tour of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Fifty-eight business owners from throughout the county attended the tour, which included a briefing on port activities and economic impacts, as well as the opportunity to meet with Federal SBA representatives. While Riverside County is located approximately 60 miles from the Ports, these U.S. entry-points are the lifeline to exports of billions of products manufactured or grown in Riverside County.
The event was yet another part of Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade efforts to educate the business community and business owners on the opportiunes to grow their business by exporting products made in the county or by bringing goods in the county that are assembled here. The close proximity to the Ports, the county’s four Foreign Trade Zones, its Ex-Im Bank partnership, and nation-leading number of EB 5 Regional Finance Centers are significant incentives for retention and attraction of businesses in the region, and is one of the many reasons why Riverside County has emerged as an international commerce destination and national export leader.
For more information on this and other international trade programs, a special presentation will be made during the afternoon session of the May 14, 2013 City Council meeting, including highlights on Riverside’s EB-5 program, local Foreign Trade Zones and the Sister City program. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Riverside County World Trade & Investment Summit to be held on June 6, 2013 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.