In response to President Joe Biden's supply chain crisis, Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that Florida's ports are now open for business and the state will increase efforts to ease the backlog: "We're here. We have capacity."
DeSantis made the announcement when he stopped at JaxPort on Tuesday morning. JaxPort is stepping up to offer incentives to businesses that want to move cargo through the port. A European-based container shipping company is rerouting to JaxPort, set to bring in 1,000 more containers a week, DeSantis said.
The one container ship supplier deciding to utilize Jaxport in Jacksonville, Florida, for its US unloading destination highlights the incentive package that could potentially invite more seafaring customers to The Sunshine State.
DeSantis mentioned that Port Everglades is receiving nearly 7,000 containers from a ship over this past weekend, and another ship from India is slated to arrive soon to the Florida port with more than 9,000 containers.
"We in Florida have the ability to help alleviate the logjams and help ameliorate the problems with the supply chain," DeSantis said. "Part of it is because we've long been committed to reliable, modern and accessible port facilities..."
DeSantis noted that Florida's ports already operate 24 hours a day.
The governor and the CEO of JaxPort said Florida ports are not dealing with the same type of log jams as other ports across the country in places like California.
Dozens of ships remain off the coast of Los Angeles due to a bottleneck in the city's ports as DeSantis made the pitch for ships to head to Florida.
DeSantis emphasized that Florida has the space to include additional shipping and to help alleviate the overwhelming supply chain congestion that's leading to lengthy delays and companies not getting products on time.
"When you start talking about supply chain, inflation, that's not something that's going to impact a small segment. That hits very wide and very hard. Florida is here. We've got capacity and we also have incentive packages to make it worth your while to be able to bring your business through our ports," DeSantis said.
DeSantis said shipping through JaxPort can also bolster a workforce that's comprises high-demand jobs like truck drivers and diesel technicians.
The delays have threatened to derail availability of products in the country for the busy holiday shopping season approaching in the coming months.
"We want to make sure that Americans get the goods they need particularly as we approach the Christmas season [...] Last-minute shoppers like me, we're going to show up and not be able to get anything, we're not going to be able to get anything delivered [...] That would cause a lot of heartburn," DeSantis said. "So I've got to make a note that I've got to do it a little earlier this year," he joked.