Founded in 1912 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia (USA), the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is the institution which represents the far-reaching public ports of the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The AAPA promotes the common interests of the port community and promotes leadership in the areas of trade, transport, environment and other issues related to port development and operations.
It is also dedicated to raising awareness to the general public, the media and especially government entities; about the essential role played by ports in the global transportation system.
It has an extensive program of education and training and conducts extensive research and studies on the port industry, offering contacts services and information to professionals in the sector.
It is integrated by approximately 500 members including most far-reaching public ports in the Western Hemisphere, numerous fluvial ports, port operators and private terminals.
The AAPA is organized into four delegations:
- United States and its territories
- Latin America
- Caribbean Islands (except those part of the United States)
The association has a CEO, an elected President and a Vice-president for each of the four delegations. Both, them and the Board of Directors are elected by the corporate partners within each delegation at the annual membership meeting held during the annual convention.
More information: www.aapa-ports.org