Container Cargo

Building on its success as Florida’s largest port for cargo tonnage, one of the nation’s most diverse ports and huge local market, Tampa continues to see expansion of its container services and terminal facilities.


  • Deep water channel and berths
  • No truck, rail or berth congestion
  • Stable, experienced and efficient labor
  • Excellent intermodal connections
  • Safe, secure and sheltered harbor
  • Proximity to expanding Caribbean and Latin American hubs
  • Large reefer export/import market
  • Florida’s largest cargo tonnage port
  • Diverse traffic base – containers, breakbulk, ro-ro, bulk, cruise
  • Global container connections
  • Distribution center gateway to Florida – truck cost savings of over $700 per container by using the Port of Tampa
  • Huge local market – 8 million people within 100 miles - goods can be delivered to you for your market within 1-6 hours, not days
  • Florida’s population has overtaken NY as third largest state
  • Shortest combined ocean inland route from Shanghai to Atlanta via Panama Canal


  • Containers, breakbulk, ro-ro, bulk, cruise
  • 43 feet deep water channel  (13 meters)
  • Container terminal with 5 gantry cranes and plenty of room for expansion
  • Heavy-lift mobile harbor crane
  • Vessels up to 9,000 TEUs
  • 40 acre container yard
  • 1 million square feet of warehouse space
  • 130,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse adjacent to container terminal
  • Dedicated I-4/Selmon Expressway truck ramp for rapid truck deliveries

Tampa Bay - Huge Market

Tampa Bay is one of the largest markets in the Southeast U.S. As the geographic center of the state, located halfway between Miami and Jacksonville, the Tampa Region is also an expanding distribution center gateway for the State of Florida and the Southeast.

  • 5,742 Square Miles
  • 4.3 Million Residents
  • 8 Million People within 100 Miles
  • 1.9 Million Labor Force
  • 9th Largest Economy in U.S.

Florida Profile

Florida is one of the fastest growing states in the country and the Central Florida region, centered on the Tampa-Orlando I-4 corridor, is one of the fastest growing areas of the state. Florida's rapidly expanding population has already overtaken New York, making it the third largest state after California and Texas.

Home to nearly half of Florida's 21 million residents and welcoming a majority of the 125 million tourist visitors/year, the Tampa/Orlando region is a huge consumer market and home to the largest concentration of distribution centers in Florida.

Executive Shippers' Council

  • More than 250 key importers and exporters located within 100 miles of Tampa who control more than 300,000 TEUs/year and who are keen to support carriers who call Tampa direct
  • Serving the Central Florida market via Tampa results in truck cost savings of $800 per container versus using more distant and congested ports
  • Potential Tampa local market more than 500,000 TEUs within less than a day's drive for truck drivers

Major industry clusters in the Tampa market include the food and beverage sector, citrus and juice products, furniture, general department store merchandise, steel, and fertilizer products.

Companies such as Rooms to Go, Sysco, Publix, Bealls, Southern Wine & Spirits, Premier Beverages, Coca Cola Refreshments, Pepsico, Cutrale, Disney, VF Wear, Vigo, Amalie, Mosaic, CF Industries, One Steel, Trademark Metals, Lowes, Home Depot, Badcock and Kane’s furniture are examples of some of the exporters and importers with significant facilities in the Tampa/Orlando I-4 corridor region, many of who have recently constructed and/or expanded distribution center capacity.

Major rail and highway projects to enhance the Port's connections to its customers

Cooperative efforts have brought the Port of Tampa more efficient rail and highway connections to help support the Panama Canal expansion.

Tampa Gateway Rail

The Tampa Gateway Rail was developed under an innovative public-private partnership between Port Tampa Bay, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P. and CSX Corp. It created the nation’s first ethanol unit train to a pipeline distribution system, plus Florida’s first on dock unit train capability – Completed in 2012, the project has surpassed expectations and enhanced Port Tampa Bay’s position as the leading energy gateway in Florida. Almost $11 million was invested by Port Tampa Bay and CSX, while Kinder Morgan expanded the ethanol receipt and distribution capabilities of its terminal at the port which can now handle 100 car unit trains.

I-4/Selmon Expressway Connector

The new dedicated truck ramp to the Interstate provides a direct link between Port Tampa Bay and Interstate 4 (and onward to I-75) via the I-4/Selmon Expressway Connector, a 1.5 mile elevated roadway with dedicated truck lanes and a series of connective ramps.This $600 million project was coordinated among the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike and the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority, with a $105 million boost from federal stimulus funds.

A new state of the art refrigerated warehouse at the heart of Florida’s largest market

•On site CBP Ag inspection and fumigation services
•148 reefer plugs
•Food grade glycol refrigerant throughout
•Cross dock container yard connectivity w/ truck capacity
•Adjacent berth with dedicated mobile harbor crane
•Uninterrupted cold chain solution
•Non-union operation
•2 Gottwald Mobile harbor cranes

The Tampa Bay/Orlando I-4 Corridor Region is Florida’s largest and fastest growing market and home to the largest and fastest growing concentration of distribution centers in the State. The region is also located at the heart of Florida’s agriculture industry, and is home to the State’s largest cluster for the grocery/food and beverage sector.

This facility is the first phase of a planned multi-phased expansion at Port Tampa Bay that will also include additional refrigerated and dry storage capacity for trans-loading, storage, packaging and distribution of food and beverage products, as well as an on-dock rail trans-load terminal to offer express service to the U.S. Midwest.


Hooker's Point - Berths 211, 212, 213

Contact: Dave Nelson, Ports America, 813-242-1902

Facilities include:
  • Lighted and fenced container terminal
  • 5 container gantry cranes
  • 100 ton mobile harbor crane
  • 40 acres of paved storage with expansion plans underway to 160+ acres
  • Florida's first on-dock intermodal container terminal handling unit trains

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule a shipment?

  • If you are scheduling a shipment for export or import via Port Tampa Bay, visit our Sailing Schedule page to contact one of our ocean carriers to schedule your shipment.
  • There is also a list of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders in our Directory that can assist you with setting up your shipment.

What will Port Tampa Bay charge me to ship my shipment?

  • Rates are charged to the terminal operators and ocean carriers, not the individual shipper.

How do I track my shipment?

  • Contact your Customs Broker, Freight Forwarder and/or ocean carrier to help track your shipment.

Can I ship goods to Europe or South America via Port Tampa Bay?

  • Visit our Sailing Schedule page to view all of our ocean carriers and where they ship to. When you locate a origin or destination you need to ship to, contact the ocean carrier to schedule your shipment.

Does the Port sell shipping containers, how to buy containers?

  • The Port does not own any shipping containers therefore does not sell shipping containers.
  • For a listing of companies that do sell containers please, visit our directory under 'container & chassis sales, lease & repair'