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Florida Port Officials to Converge on California to Push for More Cargo Ships

“We’re going to put ourselves front and center into the battleground.”

JONATHAN DANIELS, Florida Ports Council Chair & Port Everglades Port Director

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 24, 2022) – Florida port officials will converge on California beginning this weekend to push for more cargo ships to come to Florida to help ease global supply-chain issues. 

Port leaders from the Florida Ports CouncilJAXPORTPort EvergladesPortMiamiPort Tampa Bay and Port Manatee will attend TPM22 in Long Beach, CA, where they will highlight Florida’s seaport vessel capabilities, equipment capacity and 24/7 supply chain efficiencies.

“We’re going to put ourselves front and center into the battleground,” said Jonathan Daniels, Florida Ports Council Chair and Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director. “As shippers look to avoid congestion, Florida has developed the efficiencies to serve as a long-term solution to move cargo, and this is the message we look forward to sharing with shipping lines.”

Thanks to the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Legislature and Florida Department of Transportation, Florida has made strong investments in its seaports, and has become a major player in connecting commerce. 

The Florida Ports Council engaged proactive marketing strategies in the second half of 2021 to encourage cargo ships sitting in congested and delayed California seaports to change shipping lanes and divert to Florida ports. As a result, Florida has more recently broken cargo container records, seen new shipping lines calling on Florida ports, and has successfully shifted cargo that would typically call on West Coast ports to the Sunshine State.

“Florida is open for business, and we’re connecting commerce from ship to shelf,” said Michael Rubin, Florida Ports Council President and CEO. “We’re changing the mindset of shipping lines and continuing to encourage them to shift from older, congested West Coast trade routes, to Florida seaports.”

While at TPM2022, Florida seaports will host a private networking reception, allowing port leaders to have one-on-one conversations with cargo owners, shipping lines, terminal operators and other freight-logistic companies looking to ensure their cargo gets from ship to shelf quickly and cost effectively.

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The Florida Ports Council (FPC), is a Florida nonprofit corporation that serves as the professional association for Florida’s fifteen public seaports and their management. FPC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the 15 port directors with staff support located in Tallahassee. We provide leadership through a collective voice in the areas of state and federal advocacy, data and research, and marketing and communication.