Located in the heart of the Southeastern United States, at the crossroads of rail and highway networks, JAXPORT is a preferred global gateway to Florida, the nation’s third-most-populous state. Jacksonville is Florida’s largest container port by volume and the nation’s second-busiest vehicle-handling port.
JAXPORT owns, maintains and markets three cargo terminals, two intermodal rail terminals and one passenger cruise terminal along the St. Johns River: Blount Island Marine Terminal, Dames Point Marine Terminal, Talleyrand Marine Terminal, Talleyrand Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), Dames Point ICTF and JAXPORT Cruise Terminal.
Dozens of ocean carriers call JAXPORT, offering shippers competitive transit times to 140 ports in more than 70 countries. JAXPORT offers ocean carrier services to all major world regions, including regular container service connecting Jacksonville with Asia, South America, the Caribbean and Central America, as well as customized container freight shipments and transshipment options to and from Europe and Africa.
Port terminals are within minutes of three major Interstate highways – I-10, I-75 and I-95 – providing access to more than 70 million consumers within one day’s drive. JAXPORT is served by 100 trucking firms and 40 daily trains via Class I railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern and regional Florida East Coast Railway. JAXPORT’s intermodal connections offer seamless access to markets throughout the Southeast and Midwest, including Mississippi and Ohio river valleys.
Leading vehicle processors AMPORTS, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions and Southeast Toyota Distributors combine for more than 300 acres of auto processing on port terminals, making Jacksonville one of the nation’s largest vehicle-handling centers.
Port enhancements – including deepening the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet, as well as construction of a state-of-industry international container terminal and new auto terminal – are currently under way to accommodate continued growth.
Northeast Florida offers numerous advantages for manufacturers, including 138 million square feet of competitively priced warehousing and distribution space, a labor force of 845,000-plus workers and streamlined clearances via Foreign-Trade Zone No. 64. As one of the South Atlantic’s most diversified ports, JAXPORT has experienced labor for a variety of specialty cargos, including breakbulk, fresh and frozen, forest products, high and heavy, project cargo and more.
Jacksonville is also a convenient, centrally located drive-to cruise market. The port is home to the 2,056-passenger Carnival Ecstasy, offering four- and five-day cruises to tropical Bahamian and Eastern Caribbean destinations.
The region is a global leader in the use of liquefied natural gas as a clean marine fuel. JAXPORT is the only U.S. East Coast port to offer on-dock and near-dock LNG fueling capabilities for ships, and four LNG-powered vessels are homeported in Jacksonville.
JAXPORT is Northeast Florida’s economic engine, with cargo activity through Jacksonville’s seaport supporting more than 26,000 jobs in Northeast Florida, with nearly $31.1 billion in annual economic output for the region and state. This impact is expected to grow as JAXPORT and its partners continue to invest in building the port of the future.
Goals & Objectives
- Expansion of LNG as a marine fuel at JAXPORT
- Additional electric cranes added for cargo handling
- Increased usage of JAXPORT’s ICTF to reduce truck emissions on the road
Current or Planned Investments
- Rehab of deep-water berths 33 and 34 to accommodate the world’s largest ships
- Buildout of the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal on Blount Island which will create capacity to efficiently handle cargo from the world’s largest ships
- Buildout of new auto processing terminal at Dames Point to create capacity for JAXPORT to remain a national leader in the import/export of ro-ro vehicles
- Completed funding for the first 8 miles of the 11-mile Harbor Deepening Project. This deepens the harbor to 47 feet to accommodate post-Panamax vessels. Construction began in 2018 and will be completed in 2023 – two years ahead of schedule.
- As part of the infrastructure improvements required to accommodate the largest vessels and support 100-gauge cranes, JAXPORT completed rehab of deep-water berths 34 and 35.
JAXPORT’s hinterland is primarily defined as the U.S. Southeast and Midwest. Jacksonville’s geographic location allows JAXPORT inbound cargo to reach 60 million consumers and 60 percent of the U.S. population within a one-day truck drive. The port is served by three dozen train departures daily. JAXPORT’s reach extends to all 48 contiguous states, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s study of destinations for imported goods.
To contribute to the economic growth and vitality of Northeast Florida by fostering and stimulating commerce through the Port of Jacksonville. The mission will be accomplished through the effective and fiscally responsible planning, development, management and marketing of the port’s assets and facilities.