The Port of Hueneme, California, and the Port of Bolivar, Ecuador, have formalized their friendship by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding declaring their affirmation of a “Sister Port” relationship.
The Port of Hueneme is the west coast’s number one hub for the banana trade, moving over 650,000 tons of bananas annually. The Port of Bolivar serves as one of the Port of Hueneme’s largest trading partners in the transport of bananas, fruits, and produce.
As part of the agreement, the two ports will share information and policies on a wide range of topics relevant to the development of facilities, training of personnel, engineering and technical services, security, supply chain logistics, protection of the environment, promotion of the banana industry, enhancement of trade and services.
Port of Hueneme Commission President Rooney remarked, “We are most pleased to cement our trade relationship with the Port of Bolivar with this Sister Port Agreement. It creates a very strategic opportunity to increase trade and diverse exchanges for the mutual benefit of the communities our ports serve.”
“This is a historic day for the Ports of Bolivar and Hueneme,” said Dick Vega Ecuador's Trade Commissioner. “It means more opportunities for our local growers both big and small.”
Port of Hueneme explain that the Port of Bolivar is a diverse Port with modern infrastructure, cargo handling facilities, warehousing, and is a leading port in Ecuador and northern Peru for handling of fruit, wine, general cargo, and bulk commodities. Ecuador is the world’s largest banana exporter and the 40% of the country's bananas are exported through the Port of Bolivar.