“E-commerce has an opportunity for growth right here in this region,” JAXUSA Partnership President Aundra Wallace said. “During the pandemic over the past two years, I don’t think there’s anyone who didn’t see an Amazon truck every five to ten minutes.”
Wallace outlined five key factors decision-makers examine when considering a move or expansion: quality of life and top-rated school districts to help retain a quality workforce, availability of building sites, a region’s business-friendly local and state regulations, and favorable tax environment. All advantages Jacksonville has in spades.
Ceres Terminals recently invested $60 million in growing its Jacksonville footprint through the operation of a second JAXPORT facility, the 158-acre TraPac Jacksonville container terminal at Dames Point. An existing JAXPORT tenant, Ceres has also operated the adjacent JAXPORT intermodal yard (ICTF) at Dames Point, since it opened in 2016.
With backlogs at other ports reaching historic highs, Ceres Terminals CEO Craig Mygatt said the timing for the expansion couldn’t be better. “Jacksonville has the capacity now that can absorb those extra vessels,” Mygatt said. “We have the capabilities. By investing into the infrastructure here on the port side, between the two locations, we can take a lot of cargo in that the others can’t handle right now.”