AJOT: “Record cargo activity at PortMiami”

PortMiami, one of the top ports in the U.S., processed 113,835 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in January 2021, an increase of 21.02 percent from the 94,064 TEUs processed in January 2020, the most active month ever recorded. Between fiscal year to date, October 1, 2020, through January 31, 2021, PortMiami processed a total of 420,838 TEUs representing the busiest four-month period for cargo activity in its history.

“I am so proud that despite the challenges of a worldwide pandemic, PortMiami is setting a record for the strongest cargo activity in its history,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “Miami-Dade County is a major global hub for trade and commerce, and cargo continues to create jobs and expand opportunities across our community. As we look to rebuild an even stronger, more resilient economy, the seaport is critical to our long-term sustainable growth and prosperity.”

“January’s cargo performance is a reflection of the resilience of our community and the role played by our seaport,” said PortMiami and Environmental Resiliency Committee Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa. “I want to thank PortMiami’s stakeholders, from terminal operators, ILA members, to our truckers for keeping a steady flow of essential cargo moving from ship to shelf during this COVID crisis – whether it’s pharmaceuticals, food or other goods critical to our community.”

The PortMiami team attributes the strong cargo performance to a solid balance of global trade and more than $1 billion of completed capital infrastructure improvements that offer shippers a deep water gateway that is -50/52 feet equipped to handle big ships. To date, the Port has welcomed more than 420 post-Panamax vessels that have called due to the completion of the Deep Dredge project, the acquisition of new zero emissions electrified Super post-Panamax cranes, freight by rail link providing a tie-in to the national rail system, and a port tunnel with direct freeway access to and from PortMiami.

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