DeSantis made the remark when he made a stop at JaxPort on Tuesday morning. JaxPort is moving forces to offer reasons to businesses that want to move cargo through the port. DeSantis said that a European-based vessel shipping company is rerouting to JaxPort, expected to bring in 1,000 more containers a week.
For its US unloading destination, the one container ship supplier deciding to use Jaxport in Jacksonville, Florida, stresses the incentive package to attract more seafaring customers to the state.
DeSantis cited that Port Everglades is getting almost 7,000 containers from a ship over this past weekend. Another ship from India is expected to arrive soon at 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 wrote that Florida's ports already operate 24 hours a day. Additionally, the governor and the CEO of JaxPort said Florida ports are not dealing with the same type of log troubles 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 announced ships to head to Florida. DeSantis emphasized that Florida has the space to include additional shipping and help ease the remarkable supply chain congestion that leads 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 sustain a workforce that comprises high-demand jobs like truck drivers and diesel technicians.
The delays have endangered the country's availability of products 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.