BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County's Port Everglades experienced an 8 percent growth in containerized cargo during the first six months of fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 through March 30, 2015), signaling a continued upward trend that pushed Florida's largest container port past its record high in FY2014.

Total TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the standard measurement used for counting container volumes) reached 545,194 in the first half of FY2015, with a nearly even split between imports and exports. 

"We continue to enjoy robust North-South trade between Port Everglades and Latin America and the Caribbean," said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steven Cernak. "Our landside or 'last mile' connections are nearly complete with the opening of Florida East Coast Railway's intermodal facility and the Eller Drive Overpass from I-595, and better aligning our interior roadways, which is attractive from a distribution point of view. We are now focusing on our waterside improvements including new cranes, adding new berths, and deepening and widening our channels."

Inbound containerized cargo grew by nearly 8 percent from the first half of FY2014 compared to the first half of FY2015, for a total of 271,715 TEUs. Outbound containerized cargo grew by nearly 9 percent for the same time period, reaching 273,479 TEUs. 

At the crossroads of north-south and east-west trade, Broward County's Port Everglades is Florida's leading container port, handling a total of 1,013,344 TEUs in FY2014, 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 visitors and up to a combined 110 million residents and seasonal visitors within a 500-mile radius. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system and the 43-acre Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) intermodal hub, and is closer to the Atlantic Shipping Lanes than any other Southeastern U.S. port. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion will ensure that Port Everglades can continue 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 or by calling toll-free in the United States 1-800-421-0188 or emailing PortEverglades@broward.org.

DATE: May 7, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Assistant Director, Port Everglades Business Development Division/Communications 
PHONE: 954-468-3508; 954-868-0220 (cell)
EMAIL: ekennedy@broward.org