Container Cargo


Building on its success as Florida’s largest port for cargo tonnage, one of the nation’s most diverse ports and huge local market, Tampa continues to see expansion of its container services and terminal facilities.



  • Deep water channel and berths
  • 43 feet (13 meters)
  • Container terminal with 3 gantry crane and plenty of room for expansion
  • No truck, rail or berth congestion
  • Stable, experienced and efficient labor
  • Excellent intermodal connections
  • Safe, secure and sheltered harbor
  • Proximity to expanding Caribbean and Latin American hubs
  • Large reefer export/import market
  • Florida’s largest cargo tonnage port
  • Diverse traffic base – containers, breakbulk, ro-ro, bulk, cruise
  • 1 million square feet of warehouse space
  • Global container connections
  • Distribution center gateway to Florida – truck cost savings of over $1,000 per container by using the Port of Tampa
  • Hugh local market – 8 million people within 100 miles
  • Florida’s population has overtaken NY as third largest state
  • Green alternative reduces long haul truck CO2 emissions
  • Shortest combined ocean inland route from Shanghai to Atlanta via Panama Canal


Tampa Bay - Huge Market

Tampa Bay is one of the largest markets in the Southeast U.S. As the geographic center of the state, located halfway between Miami and Jacksonville, the Tampa Region is also an expanding distribution center gateway for the State of Florida and the Southeast.

  • 5,742 Square Miles
  • 4.3 Million Residents
  • 8 Million People within 100 Miles
  • 1.9 Million Labor Force
  • 9th Largest Economy in U.S.

Florida Profile

Florida is one of the fastest growing states in the country and the Central Florida region, centered on the Tampa-Orlando I-4 corridor, is one of the fastest growing areas of the state. Florida's rapidly expanding population has already overtaken New York, making it the third largest state after California and Texas.

With a population of 8 million people, plus 55 million tourist visitors/year, the Tampa/Orlando region is a huge consumption market and home to the largest concentration of distribution centers in Florida.

Executive Shippers' Council

  • More than 160 key importers and exporters located within 100 miles of Tampa who control > 225,000 TEUs/year and who are keen to support carriers who call Tampa direct
  • Serving the Central Florida market via Tampa results in truck cost savings of $1000 per container versus using more distant and congested ports
  • Potential Tampa local market > 500,000 TEUs within a competitive truck drive


Major industry clusters in the Tampa market include the food and beverage sector, citrus and juice products, furniture, general department store merchandise, steel, and fertilizer products.

Companies such as Rooms to Go, Sysco, Publix, Bealls, Southern Wine & Spirits, Premier Beverages, Coca Cola Refreshments, Pepsico, Cutrale, Disney, VF Wear, Vigo, Amalie, Mosaic, CF Industries, One Steel, Trademark Metals, Lowes, Home Depot, Badcock and Kane’s furniture are examples of some of the exporters and importers with significant facilities in the Tampa/Orlando I-4 corridor region, many of who have recently constructed and/or expanded distribution center capacity.


Major rail and highway projects to enhance the Port's connections to its customers



Cooperative efforts are bringing the Port of Tampa more efficient rail and highway connections well in advance of the 2016 completion of the Panama Canal expansion.


The joint intermodal rail project – Tampa Gateway Rail – is being developed under an innovative public-private partnership between Port Tampa Bay, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. and CSX Corp. It is creating the nation’s first ethanolunittraintopipeline distribution system, plus Florida’s first ondock intermodal container terminal capable of handling unit trains. Completed in 2012.


The $600 million I4/Selmon Expressway Connector project, to include a new direct link between the Port Tampa Bay and the Interstate highway system, is being coordinated among the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike and the TampaHillsborough County Expressway Authority, with a $105 million boost from federal stimulus funds. This project opened in January 2014.

For the rail project, more than $10.9 million are being invested by Port Tampa
 Bay and CSX, while Kinder Morgan is engaged in expanding the ethanol receipt and distribution capabilities of its terminal at Port Tampa Bay. Completed in 2012.

New rail track and supportive infrastructure being built by Port Tampa Bay will be able to handle 100
car unit trains at the Port Tampa Bay’s expanding container terminal, as well as at the onport Kinder Morgan ethanol terminal.

Since its completion in September 2012, the new rail installation now provides Port Tampa Bay with the capability to move containers and general cargos directly between ship and rail, expanding the port’s hinterland.

Meanwhile, the highway project, which is on target for mid
2013 completion, looks to provide a swift link between Port Tampa Bay and Interstate 4 (and onward to I75) via the I4/Selmon Expressway Connector, a 1.5mile elevated roadway with dedicated truck lanes and a series of connective ramps.