JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was in JaxPort on Friday to make a major economic announcement.
DeSantis announced that it had signed an agreement with a shipping company and JaxPort for container service. Singapore-based Sea Lead Shipping is moving part of its California operations to JaxPort, making JaxPort its first US port for East Coast container service.
Blount Island Harbor is scheduled to be the last leg of the rotation. This container service will also make four stops in Asia, including cities in China and South Korea. It will also touch ports in Virginia, New Jersey and South Carolina before its final stop at Blount Island.
The ship will call at JaxPort every two weeks.
“I don’t think Sea Lead could have picked a better place than here in JaxPort,” DeSantis said.
JaxPort CEO Eric Green said it was a big move to this part of the country and put the port in the spotlight. According to JaxPort officials, JaxPort serves more than 98 million customers in the United States with same-day access.
“We are creating more economic opportunities for jobs and supply chain security for our region and our state,” Green said.
DeSantis said, “JaxPort, I think, was one of the first to divert ships to Jacksonville, and we’ve had success in all those other ports.”
Pramod Raj of Sea Lead Shipping said the company decided to move to the East Coast after experiencing a major downturn at a port in Long Beach, California. He hopes things will be different in Jacksonville.
“It’s an opportunity we’ve taken and we want to make it a long-term relationship,” Raj said.
One of the biggest issues facing the country that has led to record inflation is supply chain issues. DeSantis hosted cargo ships that had problems entering other ports.
DeSantis said the new deal will strengthen the struggling supply chain.
“On the supply chain side, of course, we are one state, but we are proud of our ports. We’ve made a lot of investments in our ports, and we wanted to say Florida is part of the solution,” DeSantis said. “You have all of these ships that will stay offshore – California, Savannah, Georgia, wherever they are – we said we have capacity here at JaxPort and our other ports and we’re ready to help with that. we ensure the goods reach the market.
The first container is expected to arrive at Blount Island on May 7.
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