Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Tampa to Puerto Rico Freight Container Service from October

Horizon Add Port to Their Existing Service
Shipping News Feature

US – Horizon Lines announced last week that they will include Tampa, Florida to their regular fixed day, twice weekly scheduled container service running between Houston, Texas and San Juan Puerto Rico.

It is expected that the new service will encourage trade and prove lucrative for the line. It will mean faster and cheaper options for central and west Florida shippers.

Mr Chuck Raymond, CEO of Horizon Lines said in a statement, "We are excited to add this new dimension to our market-leading services for both the US Gulf and Florida customer base. We have teamed up with the Tampa Port Authority, Ports America, the terminal services provider, and the International Longshoremen's Association leadership to create an excellent new opportunity for Puerto Rico shippers in central Florida."

The expanded biweekly Gulf Express port rotation will be Houston, Tampa, San Juan. The Gulf Express complements the carrier's direct U.S. east coast Puerto Rico services offered from Jacksonville (twice weekly) and Elizabeth, NJ (once weekly).