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Jacksonville
Located on Florida's north Atlantic coast, the Port of Jacksonville serves the state and nation as a southeastern
focal point for the intermodal movement of commodities on the world market. Port activities are divided between
those under the control of the Port Authority and those owned by private interests. Leading cargoes include
containerized and roll-on/roll-off general cargo, automobiles, breakbulk cargoes, and dry and liquid bulk
products, including petroleum and phosphate. It is a national gateway to Puerto Rico, handling the
overwhelming majority of the volumes in that trade. But there are some services available to all the major trade
lanes of the world, with extensive choices available to most major international markets. www.jaxport.com

Port Canaveral
Located on the mid-Florida Atlantic coast, Port Canaveral serves both cargo and cruise markets. Primary
cargos are liquid (petroleum) and dry (cement and scrap steel) bulk products, and breakbulk, including lumber,
salt, newsprint and frozen and fresh citrus. The port is one of the three busiest cruise ports in the world. An
operating Foreign Trade Zone offers quadramodal transportation (sea, land, air, and space) and exports the
most cargo by dollar value of any in the state. www.portcanaveral.org

Port Everglades
Located near Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Port Everglades ranks as one of the nation's leading
container and cruise ports. It has the deepest harbor south of Norfolk, Virginia, and boasts excellent intermodal
connections. It handles breakbulk and containerized cargo, as well as petroleum products, other liquid and bulk
cargo, yachts and other boats, vehicles and equipment. With more than 30 cruise ships, this second-busiest
cruise port in the world offers one-day, one-night, and a range of 3-night to 103-night cruises. The state's first
operating Foreign Trade Zone, used by over 100 businesses, is at the port. The port also has the nation's
second-largest non-refinery petroleum storage tank farm, serving 12 counties. It is close to I-95 and has rail
connections via the Florida East Coast (FEC) railroad, which interfaces with the national carriers at
Jacksonville. www.co.broward.fl.us/port.htm

Palm Beach
The Port of Palm Beach, a niche player in the South Florida container trades, serves as an important
distribution center for cargo shipped through the larger ports for transshipment to small ports in the Caribbean
and Central America. The port also handles liquid and dry bulk cargoes, including petroleum for two power
plants, cement imports, and sugar and molasses exports. The Port of Palm Beach is the main port of Tropical
Shipping. Cruises round out port operations. www.portofpalmbeach.com

Miami
The Port of Miami once known for its Caribbean and Latin American services, has become an important port for
the Europe and Asia trades as well. Because of its location, Miami serves as a transshipment point for cargo
moving between Europe and Latin America, and between Asia and Latin America. Miami is the world's busiest
cruise port, with a fleet of more than 14 ships homeported, including the newest megaships. One of the
country's fastest-growing container ports it also handles breakbulk and general cargo, automobiles, and heavy
equipment. www.co.miami-dade.fl.us./portofmiami

Tampa
Tampa is a major bulk port, handling phosphate and cement. It is a gateway for citrus fruit charters and is a
growing importer of steel. The Port of Tampa has breakbulk liner services to Mexico, Central America and the
North Coast of South America, as well as container service that transships cargo at Zim's Kingston hub all over
the world. www.tampaport.com

Port Manatee
Port Manatee, located on Tampa Bay, is a niche port in terms of its liner service options. The port is home to
some carriers specializing in the Central America trade. Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to
the Panama Canal, Fresh Del Monte Produce's second largest U.S. port facility and the Southeast's leading
forestry product import facility. www.portmanatee.com

Port of Pensacola
As Florida's most western port, Pensacola handles bagged agricultural products, cement, paper, aggregate,
power plant and power generation equipment, animal feed and animal feed components, construction supplies
and materials, and frozen cargo. www.portofpensacola.com

Port Panama City
Long recognized as a load center for linerboard and wood pulp, the Port Panama City also handles lumber,
steel, machinery, copper and dry and liquid bulk. The Port of Panama City is also recognized for one of the
nation's most successful Foreign Trade Zones. FTZ 65 is a "manufacturing" hub covering more than 300 acres.
www.portpanamacityusa.com



Tampico
Another load center on Mexico's Gulf Coast, Tampico is a scheduled call for some intercontinental services
between the Gulf of Mexico port range and destinations in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond.
These services call both Mexico and the U.S., treating the Gulf port range as a single departure region.

Veracruz
Mexico's largest port and the first Mexican port to be privatized in the mid-90s, Veracruz is the gateway to
Mexico City. It is also a scheduled port of call on several liner services in the Gulf-Europe trade lanes.

Port of Altamira
Another load center on Mexico's east coast, the Port of Altamira is the closest Mexican port to the U.S. Gulf
and handles containers, liquid bulk, bulk minerals, agribulk and general cargo. www.puertoaltamira.com.mx

Port of Brownsville
The Port of Brownsville provides the most efficient services to facilitate the international movement of goods
between Mexico and the U.S., linking the land transportation of Mexico with the inland waterway system of the
U.S. The port is a staging ground for construction of offshore drilling rigs as well as ship dismantling, steel
fabrication, railcar rehabilitation, LPG storage and distribution and waste oil recovery. Cargoes include
unfinished and semi-finished steel, liquid bulk terminals and grain handling and storage.
www.portofbrownsville.com

Port of Corpus Christi
Situated midway on the Texas coast, the Port of Corpus Christi is a major bulk port handling petroleum, dry
and liquid bulk including grain and chemicals, and a major staging ground for shipment of military equipment.
www.portofcorpuschristi.com

Port of Galveston
Located at the mouth of Galveston Bay, the Port of Galveston has become a major load center for rolling stock,
and also containers, dry and liquid bulk, and breakbulk, refrigerated and project cargoes.
www.portofgalveston.com

Freeport
A niche port for the Central America trade, Freeport is the Texas gateway for the liner carriers Dole Ocean Liner
Express (DOLE) and Chiquita Brands International's shipping company Great White Fleet. Freeport is also a
staging ground for project cargo and has an active foreign trade zone. www.portfreeport.com

Houston
As the largest city on the Gulf Coast and one of the largest cities in the U.S., Houston is by far the largest
"load center" port for scheduled services from the Gulf Coast, Houston offers a variety of container, breakbulk,
and heavy-lift/project cargo services. There are extensive services available to Northern Europe, the
Mediterranean, South America, Central America, Mexico, the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and Africa.
Although Houston's location keeps it out of the transpacific trades for the most part, most major transpacific
carriers maintain offices in Houston, and supervise intermodal rail moves from Houston to Southern California,
where Houston-area shippers connect with carriers serving the Asian trades. The Port of Houston Authority
(PHA) also manages the nearby Port of Galveston. www.portofhouston.com

Port of Port Arthur
The Port of Port Arthur handles a range of forest products that include newsprint, linerboard, wood pulp,
paperboard, plywood and lumber. Equipped to handle any type of breakbulk or general cargo, the port also
offers open storage and rail accommodations for metals and direct rail transfer for roll-on, roll-off cargo.
www.portofportarthur.com

Port of Beaumont
A longtime hub for staging military cargo scheduled for deployment overseas or returning from foreign duty, the
Port of Beaumont is also a major handler of forest products, grains, project cargo, bagged goods, aggregate,
metals and wood chips. www.portofbeaumont.com

Port of Lake Charles
The Port of Lake Charles is the 16th largest seaport in the U.S., the 4th largest liner service seaport in the U.S.
Gulf and a major West Gulf container load center, handling bagged rice, flour and other food products, paper
products, plywood, petroleum coke and other petroleum products, woodchips, barites, and rutile.
www.portlc.com

New Orleans
Many major scheduled carriers offer services from New Orleans. There are also a number of successful niche
carriers operating from the port. Despite of its considerable container shipping business, New Orleans has put
a heavy emphasis on breakbulk services, providing specialized warehouses and terminals for carriers who move
general cargo ranging from steel and specialty metals to forest products and frozen food. It has exceptional rail
connections, prompting shippers from as far away as the Pacific Northwest and New England to use New
Orleans as a port for shipments in the north-south trades. www.portno.com

Port of Pascagoula
The Port of Pascagoula exports forest and paper products, frozen foods, general cargo, project cargo, bulk and
bagged grains, machinery, vehicles, fertilizer, petroleum products, petroleum coke, and petrochemicals.
Imports include general cargo, chemicals, forest products, bulk fish, rubber and crude oil.
www.portofpascagoula.com

Gulfport
This Mississippi port has developed into a strong niche port for liner carriers specializing in handling fruit
shipments for major food companies involved in the Central American trades for bananas and other tropical
fruits. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Gulfport has accelerated its master plan to rebuild breakbulk cargo
handling facilities and storage sheds for frozen foods. www.mdot.state.ms.us./ports/gulfhome.htm

Alabama State Port Authority
Alabama's state-controlled port has traditionally specialized in moving bulk cargoes such as coal and breakbulk
cargoes such as forest products and wood pulp. The state's growing auto manufacturing industry has created a
growing volume of project and container cargo, while new investment by private interests has made the port a
hub for frozen poultry exports. www.asdd.com




Montreal
Although it is located far up the St. Lawrence Seaway, Montreal carriers still offer several scheduled
transatlantic services to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Montreal's inland location is actually an
advantage U.S. Midwestern shippers sending goods to Europe, because they can save on costs for overland
transportation that would be incurred by using ports on the Atlantic. www.port-montreal.com/english/featfr.htm

Halifax
Because Halifax is closer to Northern Europe than any other major North American port, several carriers use it
as the first inbound port or last outbound port in North America. With good rail and truck connections, Halifax is
a gateway for New England and the Midwest, as well as for Eastern Canada. www.portofhalifax.ca

St. John
New Brunswick--Scheduled services are limited, yet St. John has scheduled services to the Caribbean and
Latin America with its major tenant, Kent Line. Breakbulk services are also available to Northern Europe. Like
other Eastern Canadian ports, St. John is used by U.S. shipper in New England, who can connect with the port
via rail or truck. www.sjport.com

Boston
Scheduled carriers serve Boston with a mix of direct and transshipment services. Some carriers call Boston
inbound from Europe before sailing to New York/New Jersey, making Boston a competitive gateway for New
England and even the Midwest. Boston-area shippers can still get Boston bills of lading for shipments that
move on coastal feeder services to New York/New Jersey or Halifax. www.massport.com

New York/New Jersey
This bi-state port which includes terminals in New York City and across New York Harbor in Elizabeth, N.J. and
Newark, N.J. Most scheduled services are from Elizabeth, although some carriers use Red Hook terminal in
Brooklyn and Howland Hook Terminal on Staten Island. The intermodal rail connections are in New Jersey; all
terminals have extensive trucking options. The Port of New York/New Jersey has more scheduled services to a
wider variety of trade lanes than any other port in North America. Virtually every major trade lane is served from
the port. It is the leading container volume gateway on the East Coast. www.panynj.gov/index.html

Philadelphia
Not a major load center port for liner carriers--mostly because of its proximity to the container terminals of the
Port of New York/New Jersey--Philadelphia nevertheless has both container and breakbulk terminals, along with
good rail and highway connections. It is especially strong as a Northeast departure point for carriers in the
Caribbean islands trades, and for inbound fruit shipments (from Latin America) and meats (from Australia).
There have been efforts underway for years to unite Philadelphia and the Port of South Jersey across the
Delaware River in Camden, but there is not yet a unified bi-state port along the lines of New York/New Jersey.
www.ppc.org

Baltimore
Location may be the most important factor in the services offered from the Port of Baltimore. Baltimore is
located closer to the Midwest industrial heartland than other major ports. It is about 500 miles from the
automakers in the Detroit area--that compares with a trip of more than 650 miles from Detroit to the Port of New
York/New Jersey--making Baltimore a premier gateway for auto shipments. That has also attracted other
roll-on/roll-off business, because the port has specialized facilities for that cargo. Baltimore also specialized in
forest product moves. But it is a major container port, because it feeds its own metro area and nearby cities
like Washington and Philadelphia, and because of its proximity to major cities like Pittsburgh, Cleveland,
Chicago and Detroit. www.mpa.state.md.us

Norfolk
In many respects, the container terminals in the Norfolk, Va. Area, which include Norfolk, Portsmouth and
Newport News, have turned their common Hampton Roads access to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean
into the New York/New Jersey of the Mid-Atlantic. Many of the carriers offering services out of the Port of New
York/New Jersey call one of the Virginia terminals with the same vessels on the same overseas services. It has
had extensive rail connections for years from CSX Transportation and namesake Norfolk Southern Railroad.
www.vaports.com

Wilmington, N.C.
There are a limited number of carriers offering departures from the Port of Wilmington, N.C., yet the services
that are available are noteworthy. There is an "all-water" service to the Far East, meaning Far East cargo is not
shipped by intermodal rail to West Coast ports. There are also services to the Mediterranean and the Middle
East offered by major players in those markets. www.ncports.com

Charleston
Not one of the East Coast's major metropolitan areas, Charleston is nevertheless the second busiest
containerport on the East Coast, trailing only New York/New Jersey in container volumes. Charleston's
advanced port facilities and intermodal connections to shippers throughout the South and Midwest, have
prompted many major steamship lines to use Charleston as a South Atlantic load center port. Shippers can
choose among several scheduled services from Charleston to all the major trade lanes of the world. Many
carriers that call New York/New Jersey call Charleston with the same vessels. There are even a number of
services from the Gulf Coast that stop at Charleston as part of transatlantic services.
www.port-of-charleston.com

Savannah
The Port of Savannah is the largest U.S. South Atlantic gateway for Asian cargo. Providing high-volume
retailers with the largest selection of all-water services between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, the Port of
Savannah offers 23 all-water Asian service, including six that transit the Suez Canal. With no congestion
issues, cargo arriving from Shanghai can arrive in Savannah in as little as 22 days, 24 days from Hong Kong,
and 22 days from Nhava Sheva, India. Serviced by two Class I rail providers, CSX Transportation and Norfolk
Southern Railroad, and conveniently located only a few miles from I-95 (north / south) and I-16 (east / west),
Savannah is one of the most logistically friendly port cities in the nation. Cargo traveling to hinterland
destinations such as Cleveland can arrive in as little as two days via truck and three days via rail, Memphis in
one day via truck and three days via rail, and Miami in one day via truck and two via rail. www.gaports.com



Long Beach
The highest-volume container port in the U.S., Long Beach is the Southern California gateway for many of the
global carriers in the U.S./Asia trades. Because Long Beach has established itself as a key load center for
many global carriers, it has also made inroads into the Europe and South America trades, although the
transpacific is by far its main market. www.polb.com

Los Angeles
Located immediately adjacent to the Port of Long Beach, with an imaginary line through San Pedro Bay
separating the two shipping giants, Los Angeles in the second-ranked port in the U.S. in terms of container
volumes. It specializes in the U.S./Asia trades, but is also the main port in the U.S. for shipments to
Australia/New Zealand, and hosts carriers in the Latin America and Europe trades, as well.
www.portoflosangeles.org

Oakland
The primary port for Northern California, Oakland has become one of the busiest containerports in the U.S.
because it is a load center for carriers in the U.S./Asia trade, the single busiest trade lane in the world.
Oakland has developed the extensive container-handling infrastructure that has allowed it to dominate the San
Francisco Bay gateway. www.portofoakland.com

San Francisco
Although it does not compare to Oakland in terms of volumes, a handful of scheduled services operate from the
Port of San Francisco. Those include carriers serving the West Coast of South America, as well as the South
Pacific islands. San Francisco had become an important port in the Australia/New Zealand trade, but those
carriers transferred to Oakland in 2001 as the result of a multicarrier vessel sharing agreement. www.sfport.com

Portland
As a Pacific Northwest metropolitan area, Portland has attracted a number of major carriers in the transpacific
container trades. It has also developed specialized auto handling terminals, attracting carriers involved in that
market. Portland is also an important gateway for the shippers who move products by barge on the
Columbia-Snake River system. www.portofportland.com/

Tacoma
One of the two load center ports accessible via the Puget Sound, Tacoma has become the Pacific Northwest
call for several major global carriers in the transpacific trades. It has an excellent seaport infrastructure, and
has good intermodal rail connections, with an intermodal rail yard just off the port. It also has quick access to
Interstate 5, with less congestion than the population center of Seattle. www.portoftacoma.com

Seattle
The largest gateway of the Pacific Northwest, most of Seattle's cargo is from the Japan, Korea and China
trades. The Puget Sound is much closer to Northeast Asia than the California ports, so many shippers and
carriers use Seattle as their gateway between the U.S. and the Far East. It also has good highway and rail
connections for intermodal moves throughout the U.S. and Canada. www.portofseattle.org

Vancouver
The single Pacific Coast gateway for Canadian liner services, Vancouver, is served by several major carriers in
the transpacific trades. It also has limited services to Europe. The Port of Vancouver, British Columbia is the
only Pacific Northwest port called by major liner carriers. The Port of Vancouver, Washington, located across
the river from the Port of Portland, does not have liner services. www.portvancouver.com
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