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South Coast port hit hard by COVID-19 related drop in business getting some federal relief funding

Lance Orozco
The Port of Hueneme has received word that it will get a new $2.3 million COVID-19 federal relief grant.

$2.3 million dollars going to Port of Hueneme will help compensate for drop in port's key auto shipment business.

Officials with a South Coast port say are getting received $2.3 million dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding to help make up for some of its financial losses due to the pandemic.

The Port of Hueneme does big business with auto manufacturers, with an average of four to six auto carriers arriving a week. But, during parts of 2020 the halt in vehicle production meant the port might not see a single auto-related ship in a week.

Other port business like fruit, and fertilizer shipments were also impacted, but not as severely.

The State Lands Commission is administering the federal funding which is being funneled through states to help ports.