TAMPA — Manufacturers and distributors across Tampa Bay now have more options for transporting goods as the world's second-largest container shipping line inaugurates cargo service at the Port of Tampa.
The Mediterranean Shipping Co., based in Geneva, Switzerland, is the biggest carrier serving the U.S. market, according to a statement from the Port of Tampa. For companies involved in imports and exports, it means more access to Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean and Latin America.
“MSC will open up new destinations and options for exporters and importers via the Port of Tampa, and we are excited to be working with them to expand trade and economic opportunities, not just for the Central Florida market but for the entire state and beyond,” says Tampa Port Director and CEO Paul Anderson.
Mediterranean Shipping was founded in 1970, and is privately owned. According to the company, it operates more than 430 container vessels with a collective capacity of more than 2 million TEUs, 20-foot equivalent units, a measure used in container transportation.
The Tampa Bay Partnership, which promotes regional economic development, has conducted studies and issued reports showing that increasing exports can help local companies grow while strengthening Tampa Bay's economy.
Some of the products currently imported or exported at the Tampa port include furniture, electronics, clothing, soft drinks, steel and other metals, and home improvement materials.