The Port of Los Angeles in the US has agreed to enter new commercial agreements with GE Transportation to expand an existing pilot programme to include all its port terminals and shipping lines under a digital operation initiative.

The pilot programme was launched almost a year ago and saw a digital solution deployed at the port's APM Terminals facility to ease the flow of cargo passing through the terminal.

Port of Los Angeles is expecting to support around nine million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs) of shipping containers, more than 15,000 truck providers and thousands of cargo importers as a result of the new $12m agreements.

The agreements are subject to review by the Los Angeles City Council and would extend the pilot programme for around five more years.

"The GE portal tells our stakeholders and customers that we take seriously our responsibility to find new ways to drive efficiencies and optimisation."

Port of Los Angeles executive director Gene Seroka said: “With our container volumes at record highs, the GE digital shipping solution is critical to our future success.

“The GE portal is an investment in the long-term growth of the Port of Los Angeles, and tells our stakeholders and customers that we take seriously our responsibility to find new ways to drive efficiencies and optimisation.

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“We believe this project will not only move the needle but could be a game changer.”

The port expects to increase its efficiency between 8% and 12% on the basis of the pilot programme's initial results once the digital solution is rolled out across the port.

Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation have also surveyed users involved in the initial pilot programme in order to move towards the next phase of collaboration.