Florida governor aims to lure lines away from the west coast

Florida governor aims to lure lines away from the west coast

Los Angeles: The governor of Florida is looking to make the most of the recent mayhem on the west coast of the United States and get shipping firms to relocate or expand in Florida.

US west coast ports are gradually returning to normal after a protracted labour dispute brought chaos to American supply chains. Governor Rick Scott is travelling to California next month to try and get lines to head west to Florida. He has already sent a letter to many lines, slamming California’s tax climate and promoting his state’s infrastructure.

“Now is a great time to give Florida and our ports an opportunity to improve the efficiency, resiliency and reliability of your supply chain,” Scott wrote.

The Florida Ports Council has urged local lawmakers to up advertising and create an enticing incentive programme to lue cargo from other ports around the US.

Scott maintained, “Florida ports are undoubtedly a solution to this problem” in reference to the recent labour woes on the west coast.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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