Ship Philly First, a nonprofit organization that promotes Philadelphia’s ports, is working on creating a weekly liner service between Philadelphia and Veracruz, Mexico.
A company spokesperson told American Shipper
there is a “very strong possibility” that the service could be running by the end of the year.
The Mexican consulate of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, and ProMexico are working with Ship Philly First to generate more business for ports on what the company calls a congested Mexican border.
The proposed five-day ocean crossing is cheaper, faster, cleaner and safer than using highways, Ship Philly First said.
The spokesperson said that representatives from Ship Philly First and the Mexican government have been meeting for more than a year to formulate a business arrangement, and that there is “lots of interest” in the new liner service, adding that Philadelphia importers are traveling to Veracruz in July to discuss business arrangements.