MOL’s TraPac Container Terminal at the Port of Jacksonville is set to handle shipments of most of the merchandise imported by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
This is the first time goods headed for purchase at Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida will come through Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Port Authority said the move is part of a state-wide effort to bring Florida-bound goods through Florida’s ports.
The move also reflects the impact of MOL’s $300 million investment in the three-year-old TraPac terminal, the first on the U.S. East Coast to be operated by an Asian carrier.
The terminal has boosted Jaxport’s container throughput in each of the three years since it opened and attracted new calls by 11 container lines on international routes, compared to just one international service that called there before it opened in 2009. Before that most of the port’s container volumes were bound to and from Puerto Rico.
Port container volume rose 8.9 percent last year to 900,433 20-foot equivalent units, compared to 697,494 in 2008 before the terminal opened in January 2009.
“Bringing a majority of our Florida-bound cargo through Jacksonville is a direct result of the port’s ongoing improvement efforts,” said Anthony Connelly, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S. “This is not only a smart business decision but will also enable us to continue to build on the positive impact we have on Florida’s economy. Today, the economic activity generated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts accounts for 2.5 percent our state’s gross domestic product and for more than one out of every 50 jobs in Florida.”
The Jacksonville Port Authority said Disney is part of a growing list of companies that have shifted their imports for destinations in the Southeast to Jaxport, including Rooms to Go, Michael's Stores, Haverty's Furniture, Coach, Bridgestone, PSS World Medical, Sears, Samsonite, Maxwell House and Unilever.
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