Hurricane Irma Impacts Florida Freight

Following swiftly in the wake of Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic hurricane in over a decade, is a Category 5 storm that will impact freight operations in the Caribbean and southern Florida.  Port and terminals in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will suspend operations on Wednesday, ahead of landfall. The U.S. Coast Guard also placed the ports of Miami, Everglades, and Palm Beach on “Port Condition Whiskey” as they monitor the storm’s advance.  Vessels have been advised to clear ports and the path of impact in the Caribbean.

Green’s Miami physical offices and warehouse will be closed on Friday, September 8th due to Hurricane Irma; however, systems and personnel will be available online. Phones will be routed to headquarters in Atlanta for any urgent support.

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Port Story: Port Tampa Bay

Port Story- Tampa BayWe tend to focus on Miami and Jacksonville for international trade coming out of Florida, thinking of them as the only gateway to Central and South America. However, there is another port in Florida that is a primary resource for international trade. Port Tampa Bay ranks 16th in the United States by tonnage in domestic trade, 32nd in foreign trade, and 22nd in total trade. It is the largest, most diversified port in Florida, has an economic impact of more than $15.1 billion, and supports over 80,000 jobs.

Tampa Bay was first mapped by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. The port was a safe, warm-water harbor that made it an ideal location for trade between the then-Spanish colony and Cuba. This trade included Cattle, hide, lumber, and more. After the United States had acquired Florida from Spain, the port flourished. New industry and resources led to massive growth in the 1800s. By 1929, a 27-foot channel was in place. The port was a major resource for the United States during World War II, and today the Port is maintained by Port Tampa Bay, Port Authority, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The Tampa seaport, Florida’s largest by acreage, already handles cargo bound for Cuba under waivers to the embargo that allows sales of U.S. agricultural products. In the past 5 years, the seaport has sent about 70.000 tons of freight to Cuba, mostly fertilizer. Other trade lanes of the port include the Caribbean Islands, Central America, and Asia. Port Tampa Bay handles a variety of different industries, such as furniture, electronics, automobiles, construction, and foodstuff. It additionally sees over 900,000 commercial passengers a year in association with various cruise lines.

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Port Story is a new series detailing the history and operations of trade ports across the United States and the world. Want to see a port that interests you? Let us know in the comments below!

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We want you to join our family! Green Worldwide Shipping is building a world-class team of shipping professionals and seeks out talented team players who love a challenge and thrive on problem-solving. Green Worldwide currently has five open positions in five different cities.

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Sales Executive in Seattle, Washington

Reporting to the Seattle (Tacoma, WA) office; this individual would be in charge of building and maintaining relationships with importers and exporters by initiating services, communicating their shipping needs to the operations staff and following up to make sure their needs are being satisfied.miami-50554_960_720

 

Export Specialist in Miami, Florida

Reporting to the Miami (Miami, FL) office; this individual must thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Must have an aptitude, creativity, and a preference for working in small, collaborative teams

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Sales Executive in Chicago, Illinois

Green Worldwide seeks an experienced Sales Manager/Sales Executive to generate revenue by attracting international shipping clients in the Chicago area. Reporting to the Chicago (Itasca, IL) office; this individual would be in charge of building and maintaining relationships with importers and exporters by initiating services, communicating their shipping needs to the operations staff and following up to make sure their needs are being satisfied.city-1031706_960_720

Export Supervisor in Los Angeles, California

Reporting to the Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) office; Green Worldwide seeks an individual with a deep understanding of the shipping industry and opportunities to negotiate favorable terms, as well as vertical experience in technology, automotive and consumer packaged goods. This individual is also responsible for mentoring new team members as our organization grows.

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Export Specialist in Houston, Texas

Reporting to the Houston (Houston, TX) office; this individual must thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Must have an aptitude, creativity, and a preference for working in small, collaborative teams

 

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