The Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has achieved a 6% increase in container volumes over the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019, handling nearly 1m teu.
The port also moved nearly 535,000 auto units in this period, an increase of seven percent over the same time in fiscal year 2018.
The Florida hub’s Asian container volumes continue to grow, up eight percent so far in fiscal year 2019, with more than 334,000 Asian containers moved.
The port offers services to Asia through both the Panama and Suez canals, connecting with China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and other destinations.
Demand for Jaxport’s location and fast access to 70m US consumers is driving expansion in the container and auto sectors.
Port tenant SSA Atlantic is set to break ground on a US$238.7m container terminal at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal and the federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 ft is ahead of schedule, with anticipated completion in 2023, based on continued funding from all partners.
The port also recently reached a long-term agreement with automobile processor AMPORTS to expand the company’s leasehold at Jaxport to a total of 170 acres.
AMPORTS leases property at the port’s Blount Island and Dames Point marine terminals, with plans to develop an additional approximately 45 acres at Dames Point by 2023.