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Page 4 of 39 PHILADELPHIA TRADE & LOGISTICS FROM A TRADE and logistics perspective, few global gateways emerged unscathed from the historic disruptions associated with 2020's outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Virtually overnight, product and commodity supply chains around the world were whipsawed by abrupt changes. People retreated from typical daily activities — eating out, shopping, going to school or work, and traveling — and hunkered down at home. Those who held on to their jobs were mostly relegated to a home office or, if they were deemed essential workers, stayed on the front lines to assure critical goods such as food, water, medicine, and paper towels and bathroom tissue, remained available. Philadelphia, however, showed its mettle. PhilaPort — The Port of Philadelphia — and the third-party logistics providers (3PLs), warehousing and cold storage operators, transportation providers, workforce, and integral network of service providers Holt Logistics Corp. A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT OF THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE PhilaPort was ranked the fastest-growing container port in the US by the AAPA in 2020. May 24 2021 | 5

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