The View From US Port Envoy John Porcari
John Porcari was appointed last August as the Port Envoy to the Biden-Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. Since then, he has been a hands-on presence at US ports, particularly Los Angeles-Long Beach, in working with various stakeholders to resolve the historic port congestion that has disrupted US supply chains during the pandemic. His presence has resulted in regular stakeholder dialogue and has brought much-needed attention to longstanding goals, such as encouraging 24-7 operations, while working hand-in-hand with the ports to address near-term challenges to fluidity from excessive numbers of long-dwelling and empty containers. Prior to his current role he served as deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Department of Transportation during the Obama-Biden administration (2009-2014), where he was involved in overseeing port, intermodal, maritime policy, and maritime-related competitive grant programs throughout the US. Prior to that, he served twice as secretary of transportation for the State of Maryland and as chairman of the Maryland Port Commission (1999-2003 and 2006-2009). In this TPM segment, he will take stock of the progress to date, discuss where things are headed, and take questions from the audience.