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The Oxnard Harbor District is an independent special district (business enterprise) a political subdivision of the State of California which owns and operates the commercial Port of Hueneme. The District was created in 1937 under authority of an act of the legislature of the State of California which provides for the formation of Harbor Districts. The Oxnard Harbor District’s policies are set by a five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners elected at large from the District. The day-to-day business operations of the Harbor District are administered by a CEO and Port Director and professional staff.

The Harbor District is empowered to acquire, construct, own, operate, control, or develop any and all harbor works or facilities necessary for the efficient undertaking of its mission. The District prepares and controls its own budget, administers and controls its fiscal activities, and is responsible for all Port construction and operations.

Workers in yellow protective suits and helmets inspect a large blue cylindrical cargo container on a platform with yellow railings. A lifebuoy is attached to the railing, ensuring safety during shipping operations.

The Harbor District’s political boundaries are comprised of the Greater City of Oxnard area (population 202,000) and the City of Port Hueneme (population 22,000). Each Harbor Commissioner is popularly elected by the citizens of the Oxnard Harbor District for a four-year term. Their terms are staggered to maintain continuity.

The Oxnard Harbor District receives no taxes for its operation, operating entirely on Port business generated funds. In fact, in addition to paying fees for harbor development permits, the Harbor District pays significant amounts to the City of Port Hueneme through special agreements to provide for City services necessary to support Port activities. On an annual basis, the Port publishes a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the prior fiscal year and adopts a budget including a debt schedule and capital plan for the current fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

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.

  • $15 billion in annual trade value.
  • $2.8 billion in overall economic impact.
  • $236 million paid in annual taxes.
  • Provides more than 24,997 direct, indirect, induced and influenced jobs regionally.
  • Top trading partners include: South Korea, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, Mexico, Sweden,  Guatemala, Belgium, Slovakia, Peru.
  • See more information on the Port’s economic summary from Martin & Associates here.
  • See more trade statistics here.

What's New at the Port

Port of Hueneme, Making History Announcing Goal of Zero Emissions by 2030

June 13, 2024

Blueprint to Zero Emissions Announced at World Oceans Day Event on June 11 Download Press Release Contact: Letitia Austin Public and Gov’t Relations Manager   [Port Hueneme, CA –…

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Community Benefit Fund Scholarship Program

May 15, 2024

The Port of Hueneme and City of Port Hueneme Announce Community Benefit Fund Scholarship Program: Download Application Port of Hueneme Contact: Adam Vega Community Outreach & Legislative Specialist  …

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Navigating the Global Future: Port of Hueneme Spotlights Current Trade and AI Innovations during World Trade Week

May 8, 2024

Department of Commerce, Consuls, Industry, and Businesses Participate in Trade-Focused Event  Download Press Release [Port Hueneme, CA – May 1] [Port Hueneme, CA] – World Trade Week was established in…

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