May 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM

How U.S. Ports Operate

Hosted by Congressional PORTS Caucus

The Congressional PORTS Caucus will hold an Infrastructure Week briefing on Capitol Hill on how ports operate and feed into the supply chain.  Attendees will have a chance to hear from the directors of two diverse ports, a terminal operator, and a large shipper.

Opening Remarks

  • PORTS Caucus Co-Chair Representative Randy Weber (R-TX)
  • PORTS Caucus Co-Chair Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)



  • John Young, Director of Freight and Surface Transportation Policy, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)



        • Larry Kelley, Executive Port Director and CEO, Port of Port Arthur, Texas
        • Juan Kuryla, Port Director and CEO, Port Miami, Florida
        • Chris Garbarino, Chief Operating Officer, Port Newark Container Terminal, New Jersey (Ports America)
        • Tom Jensen, Senior Vice President, UPS


U.S. seaports represent a vital economic engine of our national economy. The 2018 National Economic Impact of the U.S. Coastal Port System: Executive Summary, cited America’s seaports as influencing nearly 31 million U.S. jobs and generating $378 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue. Cargo activities through these deepwater ports were also cited as being responsible for $5.4 trillion in total economic activity, representing nearly 26 percent of the nation’s economy.

As Congress looks ahead to reauthorizing the FAST Act or taking up an infrastructure package, learn how ports impact the supply chain and the infrastructure investments.  These investments are crucial to ensuring that our supply chain remains competitive in the 21st century.

This event is open to Congressional Staff and the public and press.