U.S.: New record for containerized cargo volumes at Port Everglades

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U.S.: New record for containerized cargo volumes at Port Everglades

Florida's Port Everglads received 4% more containerized cargo in the 2017 financial year with a volume of 1,076,893 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). 

In a release, the port highlighted this level was up 1.5% on the previous record set in FY2015, with steady growth throughout the year and volumes spiking with record months of December and March.

"The volumes of refrigerated produce coming into Florida through Port Everglades from Central America is significant. It represents more than half of all perishable cargo that arrives in Florida by ocean," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steve Cernak.

"Apparel, tile and beverages also rank among our top commodities. Notably, we are seeing growth in machinery and automobile parts as the number of vehicles being shipped in and out of the port also increases."

Operating revenue for FY2017 remained steady at US$163 million. As a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County, Florida government, the port does not rely on local tax dollars for operations.

The total value of economic activity related to Port Everglades is nearly US$30 billion. More than 222,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the port, including almost 13,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.

"Port Everglades is an economic generator for Broward County and Florida that delivers financial stability and jobs in our community," said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief.

This record year is a positive indication of Broward's commitment to the businesses that choose to locate here."

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