Founded in 1912, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is a trade association which represents more than 130 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. In addition, Association members include mroe than 300 sustaining and associate members -- firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere. AAPA is dedicated to serving deep draft public ports by enhancing port management professionalism, and advocating issues critical to public seaports.
AAPA promotes the common interests of the port community, and provides leadership on trade, transportation, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations. AAPA also works to educate the public, media, local, state and Federal legislators about the essential role ports play within the global transportation system.