The role of the marine terminal operator and stevedore is to serve as the engine that drives the import and export of cargo. This industry hires labor, invests in equipment, and organizes efforts to transfer cargo between modes. Together with its partners, it serves its customers, the ocean carriers, in a volume business. Across the nation, 31.5 million combined import and export TEUs were handled in 2014. The industry is also innovative as it is a principal developer of containerization, facilitating the volume of cargo moved today. Members of the industry are constantly responding to new developments of the carriers by measuring and adjusting business practices to maintain productivity. Importantly, this industry is not only a volume one but a competitive one, driving continued innovation and performance.