August 17, 2018
US importers from Mexico ramp up ocean routing to avoid land border
Importers from Mexico are increasingly turning to ocean services connecting to Florida ports to serve central Florida and the Southeast, avoiding the risks of higher costs, longer transits, and sharper delays from conventional land routes across the US-Mexico border.
The Port of Tampa Bay says cargo volume on two routes started two years ago have increased dramatically – by 232 percent in 2017 and 90 percent increase predicted this year – in large part serving the central Florida consumer market. And the port is looking to leverage that business to encourage shippers to consider moving cargo to Atlanta, South Carolina, and event the Northeast from the port.
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