Gov. DeSantis says Florida ports are open for business despite shipping bottleneck

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — Governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that Jaxport will begin offering incentive packages to businesses who seek to move their cargo through sites like Jaxport.

According to Jaxport CEO Eric Green, more than 1.4 million containers had been moved through the port In the past year, setting a new record despite the ongoing pandemic.

“Not only is Florida open for more business, Florida has the critical infrastructure, essential manpower and additional capacity for more business,” AGX Freight Chief Operation Officer Ike Sherlock said.

The announcement comes at a time when empty store shelves are becoming a common sight across the country with many of the goods stuck on cargo ships offshore.

The White House said the administration has been working for months to address the problems through executive orders and other measures.

“We all know that time is money,” Senior Vice President of Sales at Terminals & Ports at Watco, Marc Massoglia said. “It’s time to put Florida’s efficiencies to work and there is no better state to do business in.’

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