Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a COVID-19 testing site, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. First responders and people over 65 years-old began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday during a trial run of the site which will open to seniors at a later date. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that a shipping company is moving its operations from a clogged California port to JAXPORT in Jacksonville.

JAXPORT will be the new home for some Sea-Lead Shipping activities that were formerly based at the Port of Long Beach, thanks to an announcement made by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis today.

Sea-Lead will use JAXPORT as the final port of call on its Asia East Coast rotation to connect Jacksonville with four sites in Asia, making this the company’s first East Coast container service in the United States.

 

 

Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that he had made a public push to persuade corporations to ship more cargo into Florida ports in October amid severe supply chain delays and that the effort had positive consequences. Florida’s sustained investment in its ports and transportation infrastructure made this announcement possible.

Keeping our supply chain running and ensuring that Florida has a workforce capable of supporting these firms migrating to our state will continue to be a priority for us.”

 

According to Jacksonville’s CEO, Eric Green, “The dedication and foresight of our elected officials who have invested in a deeper channel and infrastructure upgrades to allow us to serve more vessels are directly responsible for this new service, and the jobs and economic impact it brings to Jacksonville.”

Thanks to Sea-first Lead’s port of call on the US East Coast, Jacksonville will now be able to benefit from the city’s efficiency and well-connected transportation network for clients all over the Southeast.

 

Government officials visited JAXPORT in October to encourage businesses that were being held up by supply chain issues at other ports to relocate to Florida’s ports, which are open, ready to do business, and capable of clearing the backlogs that exist at those other ports.

Since then, other corporations have approached JAXPORT about moving their operations to Florida, with several citing Governor DeSantis’ declaration as to the impetus for their inquiries. Additionally, the volume of cargo passing through Florida’s ports has increased dramatically. The seaports of Florida have been working hard to increase their cargo operations.

An 18% increase over the previous year is attributable primarily to imports from Asia that would otherwise be shipped to California via Port Miami, which had its busiest cargo year ever.

  • The first quarter of 2022 saw a 14 percent rise in container tonnage in Port Tampa, mostly due to a surge in building materials. Steel is up 122 percent, while timber is up 160 percent…
  • Port Everglades has grown by 11% in the last year alone, putting them at a 25% year-to-date increase.
  • The first quarter of 2022 saw a 15% rise in short tons at Port Manatee. Port Manatee has been receiving shipments of wood from California that would otherwise go to that state.

Because Florida’s seaports need to be able to handle as much freight as possible, approximately $1 billion has been invested in them since 2019. Additionally, the state has prioritized investments in roadways to ensure that freight can be transported. In his Freedom First budget, Governor DeSantis proposes to invest $10.4 billion in Florida’s transportation infrastructure.

 

Shipping company Sea-Lead, based in Singapore, has a global presence and operates in 18 countries. In order to avoid congestion at the Port of Long Beach, the business has looked for South Atlantic ports for its new vessel service.

Starting in May 2022, Sea-Lead will call JAXPORT’s Blount Island Terminal every two weeks to communicate with SSA Marine, the terminal operator at JAXPORT.

Moving to JAXPORT was a no-brainer for Sea-Lead because of the abundance of berths, the skilled workforce in Jacksonville, and the well-established infrastructure linking freight to customers. JAXPORT gives same-day truck access to 98 million people in the United States of America.

This service is expected to initially bring 400-500 loaded containers to JAXPORT and generate an additional $400,000 in revenues.

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