December 10 - Officials from the Port of Long Beach and the Panama Canal Authority have renewed an agreement that promotes more trade between Latin America and the US and facilitates the exchange of ideas for seaport engineering, dredging and environmenta

With the renewal of the deal that was first signed in December 2010 the two authorities agreed to continue to share marketing ideas aimed at boosting trade between Long Beach and countries along South America's east coast and in the Caribbean, via the Panama Canal.

Explaining that the Panama accord covers marketing activities and the exchange of technical expertise in several areas, including engineering, training and environmental programmes, Port of Long Beach executive director J Christopher Lytle commented: "We see this pact as a long-term, mutually beneficial agreement."