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PhilaPort container volumes grow

High demand for fruit and vegetables fuels container growth at Port of Philadelphia

PhilaPort container volumes grow

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Container volumes through PhilaPort’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal increased by 5 per cent in the first eight months of 2020. 

The Port of Philadelphia continues to sustain its eight-month surge and remains the only US East Coast port to grow cargo volumes during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We are extremely proud of our results,” said Jeff Theobald, executive director and CEO of PhilaPort. 

“This proves that the infrastructure work we have done, in conjunction with the hard work of our longshoremen, terminal operator, Greenwich Terminals, and commercial support from Holt Logistics, is already paying off”. 

Although the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal handles a wide array of cargoes, it is well known throughout the world as a leader in the handling and distribution of refrigerated cargoes. 

“We are on track to record double-digit growth in refrigerated cargo volume for 2020,” said Leo Holt, president of Holt Logistics. 

“Consumer demand for fresh fruits and vegetables remains at an all-time high. We remain ready to meet this demand and provide a safe and efficient supply chain for our clients.” 

The surge of cargo comes at the same time that the long-awaited Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project is complete. 

The Pilots’ Association of the Delaware Bay and River has been working in close collaboration with the US Coast Guard to safely increase the size of the vessels permitted to transit the Delaware River. 

 “We will be able to handle the same size vessels that call the Port of NY/NJ,” said Sean Mahoney, PhilaPort’s director of marketing. 

“And now that we have this and other major infrastructure improvements in place, developers are taking notice.  They are continuing their investments in new distribution warehousing in South Jersey and Lehigh Valley.” 

 

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