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TAMPA, FL: June 14, 2019. CMA CGM has added Port Tampa Bay, Florida to its PEX 3 service with an inaugural call on June 13 by its 8,500 TEU containership MV Dalila.

The port acquired new post-Panamax container gantry cranes in the summer of 2016 that coincided with the expansion of the Panama Canal, allowing larger ships to serve ports in Tampa’s Gulf region.

Tampa Bay first call for CMA CGM DaliaPEX 3 links Singapore, Vung Tau (Vietnam), Hong Kong Shekou (Guangdong), Ningbo, Shanghai and Busan via the Panama Canal to Houston, Mobile, New Orleans, Tampa, and Miami on a weekly basis with 12 vessels ranging from 6,350 to 8,500 TEU. Dalila’s call is also the first direct ocean container connection between Vietnam and Central Florida.

“This is a further testament to the growth of the U.S. Gulf market and the significance of the Tampa Bay/I-4 corridor,” said Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson. “This area is home to the state's largest concentration of distribution centres and is now the heartbeat of Florida's international trade."

According to the port, the growth of online shopping and e-commerce in the region offers importers and exporters significant savings in their deliveries throughout Florida as real estate developers continue to build more distribution centres and manufacturing facilities.

CMA CGM America president Ludovic Renou commented: "The PEX3 offers an outstanding service to and from Asia, and now shippers and customers in Central Florida will have enhanced access to it.”

Port Tampa Bay is Florida's largest port, supporting nearly 85,000 jobs and generating US$18 billion in annual economic impact by handling bulk, break bulk, containers and RoRo cargo.

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