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The Governing Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) today approved two new long-term agreements with AMPORTS, one of the largest automobile processors in North America, significantly expanding the company’s lease space at the port in Jacksonville, Florida (USA).
AMPORTS and its predecessor companies have operated at JAXPORT for more than 40 years. JAXPORT’s Board today approved two new leases with AMPORTS: one an extension of the company’s existing leased property at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal, and a second agreement providing AMPORTS with 22.4 new acres of property for auto processing and storage space at JAXPORT’s Dames Point Marine Terminal. Both leases are for 25 years with two 5-year renewals if the extensions are approved by mutual agreement.
Both properties offer direct waterside access for vessel loading and unloading with a major interstate approximately one mile away, plus access to rail capabilities.
Combined, AMPORTS now leases more than 170 acres from JAXPORT. AMPORTS also plans to develop an additional 40-45 acres of JAXPORT property at Dames Point by 2023.
“We are deeply appreciative of our long-term partnership with JAXPORT and our continued ability to serve our customers there,” said AMPORTS CEO Steve Taylor. “This expansion will allow AMPORTS to meet the growing requirements of our customers.”
At JAXPORT, AMPORTS handles processing and delivery of passenger cars and trucks for Audi, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), GM, Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Porsche and VW.
The new leases follow JAXPORT’s two busiest years on record for vehicle volumes in 2017 and 2018, and the port overall is on pace to handle a record 700,000 vehicle units in FY 2019. JAXPORT is the nation’s No. 2 vehicle-handling port by volume, offering global service from the world’s leading Ro/Ro carriers.
Continued growth of the port’s auto processors and JAXPORT’s location in the heart of the nation’s fastest growing auto consumer market have led to increased demand for vehicle space.
“The steady growth of our auto business speaks volumes about our port’s efficiencies and logistical advantages,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are committed to supporting our auto processing partners and the growth of their business in Jacksonville.”
AMPORTS is one of the largest auto processors in North America. The company has been a leader in the global automotive service industry for over 60 years, with multiple locations in the United States and Mexico.
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