With the expansion of the Panama Canal nearing completion, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will face intense competition from East Coast ports when it comes to receiving and shipping goods by ship. Other West Coast ports are already upgrading and expanding their own facilities in order to be more competitive. Meanwhile, Los Angeles experienced a drop in export traffic last year. Columnist Jack Humphreville presented some ideas that could help keep local ports relevant. Humphreville suggests that LA Mayor Eric Garcetti should realize that port traffic will hereafter grow at a slow pace and must downplay superfluous expansion. Garcetti should also appoint new commissioners that have experience in logistics and port finances to find efficiencies within existing port facilities, according to Humphreville.