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Multi-Mode Transportation at Jacksonville Port

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The Jacksonville Port has put special consideration into multi-mode transportation. Multi-mode transportation often includes shipping via ocean container and freight trucking. Many businesses already use multiple modes of transportation for their goods. The Jacksonville Port boasts some of the best connections in the South Atlantic including over 100 trucking and drayage firms operating around the port, easy access to the city’s highway system, and efficient cargo shipping with truck turn times averaging 23 minutes for two moves.

The port of Jacksonville has a long and rich history. The first recorded act of international waterborne commerce in the New World took place in 1565, when English sailors traded guns and ammunition for food and a vessel with the French Huguenots, who had settled at Fort Caroline. This is why Jacksonville is known as America’s First Port. The port is located along the St. Johns River, which is one of the best natural seaports in the Southeast. Before Florida became a state in 1845, cotton and timber were traded and shipped at the port. The Army Corps of Engineers has carried out several dredging operations throughout the port’s history. The first in 1916, deepening the channel to 30 feet, and the most recent in 2003, bringing the depth to 41 feet. There are several different types of facilities located at the port including military bases, and over 20 privately owned and operated maritime facilities including drydocks and petroleum terminals.

Today, the Jacksonville Port is a large shipping hub. Both imported and exported goods are shipped from over 100 countries. The three main cargo facilities are the Blount Island Marine Terminal, the Talleyrand Marine Terminal and the Dames Point Marine Terminal. Over 21 million tons of cargo is shipped through these terminals every year. Activity at the port is estimated to have an annual economic impact of over $19 billion, and provides 65,000 jobs. There is direct access to the extensive highway system from the port, including Interstate-10 which travels west to Houston TX, and Interstate-95 which travels north to Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City, as well as south to Miami.

Most businesses have a couple of key considerations when determining shipping methods, one being how the option will benefit the business. The second is looking at the value proposition. Why should your business utilize this service? When looking at mutli-mode shipping some benefits include:

  • Lower costs
    Businesses can benefit from lower rates working with transportation partners. There is adaptability in the loading and unloading goods, and pricing options.
  • Environmentally friendly
    Companies can reduce their carbon footprint by utilizing less-than-full truckload shipments. Your shipment can be transported along with others to maximize space and keep costs low.
  • Reliability and safety advantages
    Businesses have more access to equipment when shipping with transportation and logistics companies that connect you with asset-based providers. As companies move their freight to multi-mode, there is also the opportunity to streamline their reverse logistics, providing additional savings.
  • Future development
    Maintenance and development costs are reduced by using the configurable solutions available, including LTL and TL shipping, shuttle services and regional freight consolidation. This allows companies to address their requirements efficiently and with flexibility.

Once businesses determine that multi-mode fits into their overall strategy they can work with transportation and logistics partner to ensure that they are getting the best price and most effective modes of transportation. This will make launching a shipping strategy a smooth process.

Whether the business is small or large, multi-mode shipping offers various options to make receiving and delivering goods easy and worry-free. Working out of a well-established port means less hassle and more flexibility. With business today relying more and more on worldwide connections, locations with great accessibility can make a huge difference. The Jacksonville Port has a long maritime history and is continually investing in projects that make shipping easier and more accessible.

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