JAXPORT positioned ‘for great things to come’

Last year JAXPORT CEO Eric Green delivered his State of the Port 2020 address to a crowd of more than 450 over lunch in a Jacksonville, Florida, hotel ballroom. 

The world has changed, but the Jacksonville Port Authority chief executive officer still delivered an optimistic forecast for 2021 in an across-the-table conversation with Jamie Shelton, the JAXPORT board chairman, on Tuesday.

“We continue to see container growth in the Puerto Rico market as well as an uptick and a rebound on the Asian...


Vehicle handling steers JAXPORT to cargo gain

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) provided evidence the global automobile manufacturing industry is recovering from the economic crash it suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting its vehicle volumes grew 7% year-over-year in its first fiscal quarter.

The 185,513 vehicles moved between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 marked the second-busiest quarter for the automotive sector in the Jacksonville, Florida, port’s history.

JAXPORT’s fiscal year began Oct. 1. The strong demand for vehicles...


Among Piers: Cranes land in South Carolina

The arrival of the South Carolina Ports Authority’s 15 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes served as a big sign that the first phase of the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal is nearing completion.

The RTG cranes arrived in North Charleston on Dec. 11 in a record-setting shipment for Shanghai-based manufacturer ZPMC. It was the most RTG cranes ever loaded by ZPMC onto one vessel bound for the United States.

The 15 cranes join four that arrived last month. Six more are set to arrive early in 2021, bringing...


1A Auto driving for faster deliveries with Jacksonville warehouse

1A Auto will park its Southeast distribution operations in Jacksonville, Florida.

The online-only aftermarket auto parts retailer will open an 86,800-square-foot warehouse near JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal in the first quarter of 2021.

Massachusetts-based 1A Auto will use the Jacksonville facility for same-day shipments of imported auto accessories and repair parts from Asia for e-commerce distribution throughout the southeast United States. 

“Our new facility’s proximity to JAXPORT,...


FreightWaves Classics: Colts corraled; round-up of import autos nears finish at Jacksonville

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The many industries that make up the world of freight have undergone tremendous change over the past several decades. Each week, FreightWaves explores the archives of American Shipper’s nearly 70-year-old collection of shipping and maritime publications to showcase interesting freight stories of...


Career Tracks: Volga-Dnepr gears up for COVID-19 vaccine delivery

To ensure the efficient and safe transportation of COVID-19 vaccines, the Volga-Dnepr Group has strengthened its global health care team. 

Yulia Celetaria has been appointed health care director to lead the team. She began her professional career in 2005 with AirBridgeCargo Airlines. Volga-Dnepr said over the years Celetaria “has been able to upscale her knowledge, expertise and gain the right experience necessary to meet the 2020 logistics challenge of the whole pharmaceutical industry.”  



Military vehicle imports help JAXPORT combat COVID-19 storm

Despite the economic blow delivered to global trade by the coronavirus pandemic, the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) said it was able to maintain fairly steady container volumes.

JAXPORT said its total volumes were down just 5% during its recently ended fiscal year 2020, which included the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual shutdown of imports. The Jacksonville, Florida, port is the second busiest in the United States for vehicle processing. The pandemic basically brought auto...


E-commerce gives ship to shore new meaning

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Americans shop. And Jacob Horsely of Cushman & Wakefield believes now that consumers are comfortable ordering on sites from Amazon to Zappos, they won’t go back to brick-and-mortar shopping.

Horsely, the senior director of industrial brokerage services in Cushman & Wakefield’s Jacksonville, Florida, office, said e-commerce grew from roughly 13% to 14% of U.S. retail sales to 18% to 19% in just the past six months. 

“That’s just a huge spike,” Horsely...


ONE addition equals eight new South American destinations for JAXPORT

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) said its customers now have access to a new container service to the West Coast of South America through Ocean Network Express (ONE).

ONE has added Rodman, Panama, as a port of call on its EC1 U.S. East Coast service, connecting JAXPORT’s TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Florida, to eight new destinations in South America.

The addition of a Rodman port call, which took effect at the beginning of October, provides connections from...


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