For Full Story: Global Trade

Article By: Taylor Schachter


Ever since the first commercial transaction was conducted by sea at Florida’s Port of Jacksonville in 1562, Americans have relied on seaports to help move merchandise around the globe. Today, ports don’t just include sea ports, but airports and river ports, too. Between these three modes, importing and exporting goods has become faster and more reliable than ever. Plus, with a vast network of on-site and third-party logistics (3PL) providers serving our ports, goods can get to their end user in record time.

But not all ports are created equal. Some ports, like our Top 50 Power Ports, soar above and beyond others. Whether its processing more TEU’s of cargo than neighboring ports, collaborating on state-of-the-art port tracking software, or investing hundreds of millions of dollars into upgrades designed to accommodate anticipated future growth, these 50 ports all bring something unique to the logistics industry.


Port of Tampa TOTAL TONS: 35,318,559

Cargo at the Port Tampa Bay

The largest port in the State of Florida, the Port of Tampa is largest in terms of both size and volume. The most diversified port in Florida, the port is equipped to handle all major categories of cargo. The port is also strategically located along Florida’s I-4 Corridor, which houses the largest concentration of distribution centers in the country. It also is responsible for nearly 40 percent of exports to Latin America and the Caribbean.


Port Everglades TOTAL TONS: 24,227,425

Freight Cargo at Port Everglade

One of the busiest cruise ports in the world and one of the busiest container ports in Florida, Port Everglades spans from the cities of Fort Lauderdale to Hollywood, Florida. The 90-year-old port is Florida’s number-one seaport for petroleum imports. Currently the port is planning a channel-deepening and widening that will bring it from 42-feet-deep to 48-feet-deep.


Port of Jacksonville TOTAL TONS: 18,519,505

FDOT2 New Cranes in JAXPORT
FDOT2 New Cranes in JAXPORT

Known as Jaxport, Florida’s Port of Jacksonville is the state’s largest container port. Jaxport has recently undergone almost $1.5 billion dollars in improvements, with another $1 billion dollars on the way.  These improvements include deepening the channel to 47,’ making the port the first East Coast port available to Panamax-class vessels. A soon-to-be complete automobile terminal will increase the port’s capacity to handle vehicles by 25 percent. Jaxport also has over 120 million square feet of available distribution center and warehousing space.