BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Port Everglades broke its historic high for July with 91,285 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the cargo industry’s standard container measurement).
“We are confident that we will once again top 1 million TEUs this fiscal year, signaling a clear return to pre-pandemic trade between the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Jonathan Daniels. Port Everglades is the nation’s top gateway for waterborne commerce with Latin America, accounting for 13 percent of trade between the United States, Central America and South America.
The last time Port Everglades topped its own record for July was in 2015 with 90,028 TEUs. The Port’s 10-year July average is 79,970 TEUs. Compared to July 2019, prior to the onset of the pandemic, TEUs are up 29 percent, which port officials attribute to increased availability of goods from Latin America and higher consumer spending in Florida. In addition, Port Everglades also came close to breaking its June record this fiscal year with 86,348 TEUs. A department within Broward County government, Port Everglades’ fiscal year ends September 30, 2021.
About Port Everglades
Located within the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Dania Beach, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, including a constant flow of approximately 112 million visitors statewide and 6.2 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 totaling $3 billion within the next 20 years ensure that Port Everglades continues to handle future growth in container traffic. 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 PortEvergladesCargo@broward.org.
DATE: August 19, 2021
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