Governor Wolf Celebrates Record Breaking Month at PhilaPort
September 26, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today recognized PhilaPort for achieving its highest ever monthly total for cargo volume, breaking the previous record achieved earlier this year. Additionally, the port broke new records for monthly container throughput, forest product volume, and total tonnage of cargo inside the containers.
“It’s undeniable that Pennsylvania’s ports are vital to the economic success of the entire commonwealth and I am proud to be a partner with our port regions in expanding capacity and jobs,” Governor Wolf said. “With its major economic impacts throughout the state, PhilaPort is an asset that’s reach goes well beyond the region. Our investment is driving growth that will yield benefits for manufacturing, agriculture, and beyond.”
PhilaPort handled 667,069 metric tons of cargo in August, achieving its highest ever monthly total and breaking the previous record for total tonnage attained in May 2017. The total tonnage of the cargo inside PhilaPort’s August containers also constituted a new record at 376,517 metric tons. Additionally, the Port broke new records for monthly container throughput, moving 54,185 TEUs, and forest products, which reached 109,604 metric tons last month.
Last year, Governor Wolf announced an investment of more than $300 million in the Port’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. This initiative, which started this year and will continue through 2020, will double container capacity, position the Port for future growth, create thousands of jobs, improve efficiency, and increase tax revenues.
A total direct job increase of 70 percent is projected from the current level of 3,124 to a projected 5,378 direct jobs. Total employment at the Port will also increase, from 10,341 to 17,020, and state and local tax revenues generated will increase from the current $69.6 million to $108.4 million annually.