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The Port of Hueneme welcomed its first vessel in 1941, embarking on an ambitious mission to maximize maritime commerce and provide extensive economic benefits to the community.

Since its inception, the Port’s hallmark has been strong leadership, with the members of the Board of Oxnard Harbor District Commissioners at the helm.

Port of Hueneme

Day to day Port operations are conducted by the Port’s CEO/Port Director and select staff, who administer all policies and operations. Their influence is far-reaching, as the District’s political boundaries encompass the City of Oxnard (population 208,154) and the City of Port Hueneme (population 22,156).

Continuity, of course, is indispensable for the shaping of sound, long-term policies. To ensure the needed continuity, the Commissioners’ four-year terms are strategically staggered.

The Port of Hueneme is owned and operated by the Oxnard Harbor District, a political subdivision of the State of California. Nevertheless, the bustling commercial gateway remains vigorously independent – a glowing example of a self-supporting business enterprise.

The District is bound by a charter with the City of Port Hueneme. This agreement gives the District complete authority to acquire, construct, own, operate, control, or develop any and all harbor works or facilities. Underscoring its independence, the District prepares and controls its own budget and fiscal activities in order to reach its wide-ranging objectives.

Despite the staggering expenses associated with operating a busy international port, the Oxnard Harbor District collects absolutely no taxes. Operating funds are generated exclusively by Port-related businesses, which enter into highly productive operating agreements with the “landlord” port. Business-generated revenues in turn enable the Harbor District to fund a variety of support services provided by the City of Port Hueneme.

Key Economic Engine For The Region

A pivotal component in the intermodal logistics supply chain, the Port of Hueneme is a major contributor to the economic health of Ventura County and Southern California. The following is a snapshot of the Port’s key economic contributions.