Gulfport: Anduro’s secret weapon for on-time delivery in 2021
A lot of things went into Anduro’s ability to be there for our customers throughout 2021. Despite a worldwide supply chain crisis, driven by the Covid Pandemic, we were able to get bags to our customers with a whopping 99% on-time percentage.
One of the biggest tools in our toolbox was the southern United States deep-water port of Gulfport, Mississippi. Unlike west coast ports that were clogged for much of 2021, Gulfport never really slowed down.
We’re glad to call Gulfport Anduro’s U.S. point of entry for our woven poly bags.
Benefits of The Port of Gulfport
We’ve talked before about how Gulfport is Anduro’s inbound U.S. port of choice due to its many benefits:
- The Port of Gulfport is a deep-water, international seaport located in Gulfport, Mississippi. Annually, the Port receives on average an excess of 600 vessels, as well as more than 2 million tons of cargo and over 200,000 TEUs.
- Gulfport is a manageable sized facility, ranked Number 25 in volume in the United States. During the current supply chain backup, Gulfport has operated with few delays, a fact Anduro clients can attest to.
- The entire Port of Gulfport is designated as Foreign Trade Zone #92, which includes on-port and off-port sites. Off-port, FTZ industrial parks, warehouses, air cargo and distribution facilities are available at a number of sites within Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.
- Encompassing 300 acres, the Port of Gulfport has nearly 6,000 feet of berthing space across 10 vessel berths, 110 acres of open storage space, and 400,000 square feet of covered warehouse space. The Port is also equipped with a specialized ramp for roll-on, roll-off vessels, and three ship-to-shore gantry cranes.
- Strategically located on the northern Gulf of Mexico, just 18 miles from the open Gulf waters, the Port of Gulfport is readily available to service any type of cargo. Interstate 10 is located approximately five miles north of the Port, with Foreign Trade Zone #92 located on the dock, providing immediate access to a Class 1 rail service through Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS).
- Following damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina, state and local leaders committed to a multi-year vision of a more competitive Port of Gulfport that would be double in size and optimized for efficiency, with an inland port complex to add capacity, and a deeper channel to open up new markets and opportunities.
A new highway will make Gulfport an even better port
Add to that list massive upgrades to the highway system serving Gulfport that was approved in the recent infrastructure legislation signed in Washington. These upgrades will make it even easier for Anduro bags to get to their destinations stateside once they’re process at Gulfport. Money for the project was appropriated in November, 2021. A proposed timeline for the many highway improvements is under development at this writing.
“We understand that building I-14 will require billions of dollars and many years to complete but we are on our way,” said John Thompson, chairman of the I-14 Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition which has been building grassroots support for I-14 over the past decade.
“The I-14 system will improve connectivity between regions, provide freight movement efficiency, link important military facilities and strategic seaports, create a high elevation alternative for coastal sections of I-10 that are prone to flooding, and spur economic development opportunities along the 1,300 mile path,” he said.
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