Rendering of future auto processing facility at the Port of Tampa. The Tampa Port Authority, with strategic partners AMPORTS, CSX Rail and Ports America, is working to develop a new short sea solution for the automotive industry.
TAMPA, Fla.—The Tampa Port Authority this week announced that the port’s board of commissioners has approved a terminal use agreement with its new strategic partner AMPORTS—one of North America’s largest auto processors—to process new automobiles, trucks and other vehicles for delivery by truck and rail to Southeast markets within and outside of Florida.
AMPORTS’ expertise in processing and handling new automobile shipments will add diversity to the cargo mix moving through Florida’s largest port. The Tampa Port Authority and AMPORTS signed a letter of intent in July to develop a new terminal dedicated to the import and export of automobiles and rolling stock, and the board’s move this week at its December board meeting is effectively bringing this plan to much-anticipated fruition.
Mexico’s large and growing capacity for automotive production is spurring demand for efficient and low-cost distribution to the U.S. market, where an estimated one in 10 cars sold in the U.S. is made in Mexico. The state of Florida will soon surpass New York as the third most populous state in the U.S., and distributing new cars from the center of the state of Florida provides an optimal supply chain for this growing trade lane.
“We are very excited about our partnership with AMPORTS, and the relationship we are building with them. This agreement is a tremendous win for the economic development of the Tampa Bay region. We are very fortunate to have great partners in this venture, such as Ports America, CSX Railroad and AMPORTS,” said Paul Anderson, port authority CEO.
In addition to imports from Mexico, AMPORTS and the Port of Tampa will serve as a gateway for U.S.-produced vehicles aimed toward Latin America and Caribbean destinations.
For more than 50 years, AMPORTS has been a leader in the automotive processing industry. AMPORTS is an International company with operations in the United States and Mexico. With nine locations, AMPORTS is one of the largest auto processors in North America, processing more than one million vehicles annually. All nine full-service AMPORTS facilities are located on terminals with easy access to rail and trucking hubs. AMPORTS Mexico has three operations consisting of two port facilities located in Altamira and Lazaro Cardenas, an inland rail-head facility located in Toluca.
The Port of Tampa is the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The Port of Tampa was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.tampaport.com.