Jaxport Posts Record January Container Volumes

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By The Maritime Executive 02-21-2019 05:42:15

Jaxport, the port of Jacksonville, Florida, announced Thursday that it recently had its best ever January container volumes, with total container movements increasing 16 percent over the same period last year. 

Jaxport offers all-water service to Asia, and the port's Asian container volumes continue to show significant growth, up 17 percent since October. The port's Asian trade has grown an average of 14 percent annually over the past five years. More than 1.3 million TEUs move through the Port of Jacksonville annually, making it Florida’s largest container port complex.

January was also a record month for the port’s auto business. Nearly 61,500 autos moved through Jaxport in January 2019, a double-digit increase over the previous January. Total auto volumes are up seven percent since October.

"Our leadership team is energized by these recent successes and enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead for all of our lines of business," said port CEO Eric Green, speaking at Jaxport's annual State of the Port event. "Together with our partners in the maritime community, we will continue this momentum, growing our positive impact on the region's economy."

The port is also at the beginning stages of work on a long-anticipated harbor deepening project, and it is going well. According to Green, the dredging is on track to finish two years ahead of schedule - a rare occurrence in any kind of infrastructure development. “The anticipated completion of the deepening is 2025. Because of the increase in funding, we have shaved about two years off of that. We’re looking at 2023,” Green said.