The Jacksonville Port Authority announced it's the solution to an unprecedented logjam at The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where weeks-long lines are slowing commerce before the year's busiest shopping season.
It's a sharp contrast from the scene in Jacksonville, which officials announced has maintained terminal fluidity – and fixed a new container volume record - despite market disorders.
Florida ports council president Michael Rubin stated they could expedite cargo ship movement by rerouting container ships through the Panama Canal, a seven-day journey from Southern California to Northern Florida.
"We have the opportunity to provide those shipping lines and beneficial cargo owners a more efficient route that can get their product not only to the third-largest domestic market in the country but also to other markets outside of Florida, within two days," Rubin told ABC Action News.
"We realize how important it is to get those goods to market, to not be the grinch that stole Christmas."
In May, the Jacksonville port set a new container volume record when it moved nearly 129,000 twenty-foot equivalent units through its terminals.
By volume, Florida's largest container port moved a record-breaking 1.4 million cargo containers throughout the last fiscal year, which ended in September.
While Jacksonville officials marked their shipping records, California's ports seem to be breaking all the wrong ones.
The 167 ships moored at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Wednesday broke a record set September 19, when 161 vessels were berthed there, according to The Marine Exchange of Southern California.
Both numbers are markedly higher than throughout pre-pandemic times when only 17 ships were anchored.
The 103 container vessels in port Wednesday broke September 19's 100-ship record.
Since all the anchorages are full, 50 steamships were waiting it out in holding areas Wednesday within 40 miles of the ports.
It's the highest number of ships in holding areas on record.
Florida Ron DeSantis on Tuesday invited the steamships to move to the golden state for faster processing times.
"Our ports operate 24/7. We're here. We have capacity," DeSantis explained to reporters.
"We want to be sure that Americans get the goods they need, particularly as we approach the Christmas season."
US Senator Rick Scott (R-Florida) further extended the invitation.
"Florida's ports are open for biz to help get goods back on shelves & mitigate Biden's crippling supply chain crisis that's hurting FL families," he tweeted.
"I encourage all shipping companies to avoid California's backed up ports & come anchor in the Sunshine State!"