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Raul Alfonso Speaks About Future of JAXPORT at NAIOP Luncheon

November 11th, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday’s NAIOP luncheon at the Marriott Southpoint was a great educational lesson about JAXPORT and its promising feature. Raul Alfonso, senior director of trade development and global marketing for JAXPORT, spoke to attendees about the port’s major challenges in the years ahead as well as its prominence and importance as a major international transportation center on the Eastern Seaboard.

Alfonso focused on several main topics affecting the port, including:

  • Channel dredging 48-50 feet in preparation for the Post Panamax container ships
  • Mile Point navigational issues
  • Hanjin’s future cargo terminal
  • Government and state support for the port
  • The search for a new JAXPORT CEO, which is expected to be complete in 2-3 months
  • Importance of CSX rail to unload and transport shipping containers

Alfonso reported the port currently serves numerous major international countries including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Belgium, England and many other important trade partners. One of the port’s largest appeals is its ability to service cargo ships in a timely manner – faster than any other port in the U.S. The port reports its turn time is 15 minutes for a ship unloading and 23 minutes for ships unloading and reloading cargo. Once cargo is unloaded, companies can reach 50 percent of the U.S. population within eight hours from Jacksonville and 60 percent of the population within 24 hours – a major selling point to companies who want to import products across the U.S.

More information about JAXPORT will be available at its 2011 conference, which will be held March 21-23 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. More information about NAIOP can be found online at www.naiopnefl.com.

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