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www.joc.com fundamental to supporting the movement of cargo, managed to exceed expectations on every level. Equally important, the region set a new standard for itself and its stakeholders who require world-class capabilities to navigate the ongoing surge in global trade as well as capitalize on emerging opportunities. It's worth noting that the port was ranked fastest-growing container port by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in 2020. PhilaPort's container growth increased by 7 percent, with refrigerated container growth more than doubling to about 15 percent, according to Dominic O'Brien, senior marketing manager. Furthermore, it was the fifth year in a row that PhilaPort experienced container growth. "This equaled 4 million tons and is a new all- time high for the port," noted Sean Mahoney, director of marketing. "As the leading produce port complex in the US, we benefited from the American consumer's demand for fresh fruit and vegetables. These cargos increased last year, which helped our totals, along with other food categories," he said. The pandemic also drove another key trade commodity for PhilaPort — forest products. "Paper pulp arriving at the port's Tioga Marine Terminal went by rail to consumer hygiene products factories," while lumber and other wood products also saw increased demand, Mahoney said. PhilaPort handled more than 1 million tons of forest products in 2020, hitting another new record. Last year, it also handled approximately 189,285 auto units. "In addition, we are proud to handle breakbulk, cocoa, project cargoes, and liquid bulk commodities," Mahoney said. "It's good to have a diverse mix of cargoes to hedge against industry changes, and to accommodate a wide variety of customer needs." ISO tanks (liquid bulk tanks) are also growing solidly. "A nearby facility, SMS Rail, provides transloading from rail to bulk truck or ISO tank, as well as cleaning, maintaining, and monitoring the ISO tanks, and drayage to the port," Mahoney said. The port's diverse cargo mix has developed organically over the years. "At one time, piers tended to focus on specific commodities. They became experts at moving those commodities. That expertise continues here, sometimes down to the third or fourth generation of a family company. Those companies and tenants invested in specialized training for their workers, industry-specific equipment, and proprietary operations systems to work those particular cargoes," Mahoney explained. Meanwhile, PhilaPort's breakbulk facilities maintain "incredible productivity," he said. "They can compete for bulk and breakbulk ships and cargo out there — and usually against container shipping, as well." For Holt Logistics, which provides end-to- end port, warehouse, and logistics solutions for importers and exporters, the completion of Holt Logistics Corp. Refrigerated container growth at PhilaPort more than doubled in 2020. A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT OF THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 6 | May 24 2021 PHILADELPHIA TRADE & LOGISTICS

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