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|About||The Alliance of Ports of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin American and the United States|
AAPA protects and advances the common interests of its diverse members as they connect their communities with the global transportation system.
The Association attains its mission through four goals:
•Representation and Advocacy: Advocate governmental policies that strengthen and expand opportunities for member ports.
•Professional Development and Education: Advance professionalism in all facets of port management and operations.
•Relationship-Building: Promote information-sharing and relationship-building opportunities for all members.
•Public Awareness: Achieve greater understanding of the essential role and economic value of ports.
For centuries, seaports have served as a vital economic lifeline by bringing goods and services to people around the world.
Seaports continue to be a critical link for access to the global marketplace. Each year, seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere generate $8.6 trillion of economic activity, support the employment of tens of millions of people and import and export more than 7.8 billion tons of cargo including food, clothing, medicine, fuel and building materials, as well as consumer electronics and toys.
The volume of cargo shipped by water is expected to dramatically increase by 2020 and the number of passengers traveling through our seaports will continue to grow. To meet these demands, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.
|Founded||AAPA's beginnings can be traced to the fall of 1912 when an invitation was extended to public port officials throughout the country to attend a conference of U.S. port authorities in New York the following December|