TradePort California

TradePort California is a clean sheet project that will be built on a purpose-designed clean energy, high-efficiency platform. From the outset, the project strategy is to develop the largest and cleanest logistics and investment corridor in the world.

TradePort California is a transformational project that establishes a new benchmark model as an integrated logistics – economic development – clean energy system. Built over a 425-mile Market Area, TradePort California will be the most sophisticated supply chain/investment corridor in the world and will set a standard for remaking the US logistics infrastructure network. Successful development of TradePort California will be materially important to the development of a more efficient national supply chain system.

The Project capitalizes on serving California’s sizable consumption and production base and its massive import/export cargo flows. The Project will create large benefits to existing and future shippers: producing large new efficiencies for shippers, increased supply chain reliability, lowered costs and a reduced overall carbon footprint. The project concept provides for an integrated supply chain product, providing better, more reliable, and lower cost port-to-inland market logistics, while also offering connected and prepared investment sites for manufacturing and distribution.

The Project will provide tremendous value to State and local public objectives; namely increasing air quality, increasing economic investment and jobs, increasing road safety, and reducing traffic congestion. TradePort California is expected to substantially transform regional economies, creating over 100,000 new high-quality, high-paying jobs throughout the Market Area.

TradePort California is being delivered by a world-class team of public and private partners and will be implemented as a complex portfolio of public private partnerships. A new special purpose delivery entity is being created to plan, coordinate and implement the Project.

Market Area

TradePort California has a vast Market Area that includes much of the state of California and a substantial and diversified consumption and commercial production base. The Market Area stretches 425 miles from the Los Angeles-region seaports complex northward through the entire Central Valley, and onward to include the Bay Area and Sacramento regions. Combined, the Market Area includes approximately 31 million people or the equivalent to the combined population of Ohio, Georgia, and Michigan. Geographically, the Market Area represents a combined region that is equivalent to the distance from Washington DC to Boston on the east coast.

The Market Area is large, with over 1.1M containers moving inbound and outbound annually. Over the course of a year, there is almost an even split of inbound and outbound cargos with the outbound baseload being comprised of agricultural products and the inbound flow being a combination of consumer goods and industrial products.

From a global and continental trade perspective, the Market Area enjoys unparalleled connectivity. The Market Area is connected to domestic markets by a world-class system of rail lines and truck freight highway corridors, and to global markets by proximity to a network of seaports and airports. A main objective of the TradePort project is to strategically capitalize on this connectivity.

The Market Area includes significant metropolitan areas such as Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton and Sacramento; and also medium sized and smaller communities such as Tulare, Visalia, Madera, Lodi, Merced, Hanford and Tracy.

  • The large population base produces large inbound consumer goods shipment volumes, and the region is rapidly developing into a major West Coast logistics/distribution concentration. The Market Area increasingly serves as a modern greenfield logistics center for both the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles areas.
  • The Central Valley region is one of the richest agricultural zones in the world with massive production volumes for a variety of crops and food products. Due to the size of this agribusiness base, the Central Valley is also a major food production center with products being shipped to 93 countries worldwide.

Public Objectives Are Fundamental to the Project's Strategy

TradePort California is a project system that has transformational public and private objectives. From the public perspective, the project is designed to:

  • Create step-change progress toward improving air quality in an area of the State that has the worst air quality in the nation
    • Engineer substantial environmental justice progress
    • Accelerate State objectives to transition to zero-emission propulsion systems
  • Create widespread economic development investment in an area of the State that has been underinvested in the past
    • Creating over 100,000 new high-quality jobs and producing substantial public revenues to local and State government
    • Produce measurable social equity advances
    • Provide traffic congestion relief to a major highway corridor that is overburdened and will otherwise only become more congested
    • Increase safety on the region’s highways

From the private perspective, the project is designed to:

  • Improve facility development and supply chain operating competitiveness for companies involved in production and/or distribution of manufactured products
  • Substantially improve access to markets and operating cost efficiencies for the State’s vast agricultural sector
  • Considerably increase supply chain reliability for shippers moving international cargo inbound through seaports, and outbound California grown/made products

Community Engagement

With significant public objectives in mind, TradePort California is being planned and developed with a keen eye toward both environmental justice and social equity objectives. The project development plan includes a robust process for assuring that the Inland Port advances wider community objectives to assure that key infrastructure does not create unintended negative impacts to neighborhoods and communities. The project planning and development program has a special attention on planning the project in such a way to limit impacts to communities that have historically been located nearby to industry. At the same time, the project has aggressive intentions to become a model for creating new high-quality jobs and associated training for people in communities located throughout the Market Area.