By Lori Musser (JAXPORT Magazine)
There is a new player on the FTZ No. 64 team, and he brings an innovative service to shippers looking for the benefits of an FTZ warehouse, with or without the warehouse.
The North Florida Warehouse FTZ is the latest initiative of Robert Fox, owner of Jacksonville – based JZ Expedited Companies. He said his company activated membership to help round its global supply chain solutions. Fox said, “For a Hong Kong-to-Georgia shipment, we can now provide transport through our NVOCC, drive our trucks into the port of Jacksonville with U.S Customs bonded drivers, and take the cargo to our U.S Customs bonded warehouse. We offer a secure supply chain the whole way”. He added, We have 53′ foot dry van’s and even an online LTL platform – the whole cradle-to-the grave solution. If a customer wants to pull out just two or three pallets, we can do that, leaving the rest of the cargo in a premier, secure handling facility.”
Other third party logistics providers (3PLs) have been active in Zone No. 64 for some time, accessing the time-tested benefits of FTZ’s including streamlined Customs Clearance and efficient cash flow management. Cost Savings in any form are important to their business base. Fox said, “Customers can ‘piggyback’ on their site’s bond. It is a great solution. The FTZ help’s their cash flow especially if bringing in multiple containers per week. The only pay one fee.”
Each 3PL has distinctive competitive strengths. JAXPORT’s FTZ Manager Lisa Diaz said, “What makes Robert’s company interesting for us is that is has traditional commercial warehouse space, but it is also has outside FTZ storage space for vehicles, over-dimensional machinery, and similar cargo. We haven’t had that combination in the FTZ before.” Said Fox, “We are in the process right now of finalizing our outdoor four-acre 3PL- managed operation. There is a shortage of outdoor space. We can use it to store anything from personal vehicles from Japan or heavy equipment needed for an upcoming project in bond until needed.”
Despite its recent FTZ activation, Fox already has plans for expansion. He said his company will focus on keeping costs competitive. It is already handling a broad range of cargoes, including specialized commodities such as tobacco and alcohol. “We expect to expand on that niche in particular, and have some special import licensing in place,” said Fox, who added high-tariff items are good business prospects because the FTZ can offer greater potential savings on those commodities.
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