According to the Florida Trucking Association, 85% of Florida’s communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods, and the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) has a longstanding appreciation for drivers and the trucking companies transporting goods to and from the port.
JAXPORT is a landlord port – meaning that private companies are responsible for daily operations on port terminals – so JAXPORT does not directly handle, book or schedule loads for delivery.
However, here are five tips to help you find loads to haul:
Many distribution centers call Jacksonville home, so when looking for loads, a great way to start is by contacting companies who are shipping goods to and from warehouses in the area. Here is a graphic showing a sample of distribution centers in Northeast Florida.
3. Utilize online load boards
Getting registered with the Drayage Directory and similar load boards provides insight into the market as well as business opportunities for your company.
4. Promote your business
If you have a transportation business with an office or phone based in Northeast Florida, you qualify for one free listing in JAXPORT’s online business directory. The printed version of the directory is published annually.
Also, service provider companies like customs brokers or freight forwarders may be looking to connect truckers with freight opportunities, so contacting them to let them know about your availability may be mutually beneficial in landing freight opportunities.
Actively participating in the transportation and logistics community is a great way to build your network. The list below includes several industry groups that provide opportunities to expand business.