BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Germany-based shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has announced a direct call at Broward County's Port Everglades from Valencia, Spain, on its Mediterranean Gulf Express (MGX) service beginning July 3, 2016.

The new MGX port rotation includes: Cagliari, Liorno and Genoa in Italy; Barcelona and Valencia in Spain; Port Everglades in South Florida, USA; Kingston, Jamaica; Veracruz and Altamira in Mexico; Houston, TX, and New Orleans, LA, both in the United States before returning to Italy.

The new MGX service is expected to add approximately 300 to 400 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry's standard container measurement) weekly at Port Everglades. Florida International Terminal is the terminal operator.

"We are pleased to welcome this enhanced service that will provide additional shipping options for our customers," said Jim Pyburn, Director of the Port's Business Development Division.
 Hapag-Lloyd also operates a weekly service from the Mediterranean and Northern Europe to Port Everglades through Florida International Terminals. 

At the crossroads of north-south and east-west trade, Broward County's Port Everglades is Florida's leading container port, handling more than one million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry standard measurement for container volumes) and serving as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located within the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Florida, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world's largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of 110 million visitors statewide and 6.7 million residents within an 80-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the Florida East Coast Railway's 43-acre intermodal container transfer facility, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades continues to handle future growth in container traffic. A world-class cargo handling facility, Port Everglades serves as an ideal point of entry and departure for products shipped around the world. 

More information about Broward County's Port Everglades is available at porteverglades.net, by calling toll-free in the U.S. 1-800-421-0188 or emailing PortEvergladesCargo@broward.org