Quick facts

• New capacity: to over 350,000 autos
• New terminal area: 240 acres
• New Berths: 2 Ro/Ro Berths
• $93m investment by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
• New grading, paving, fencing and lighting of 155 additional acres
• Addition of second processing facility
• Installation of a new car wash station
• Highly productive and cost-effective labour pool
• Serviced by two class one railroads: CSX and Norfolk Southern
• Lower inland transportation costs

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The Port of Philadelphia’s Southport Auto Terminal is in the heart of the US Mid-Atlantic population center making it an ideal distribution point for automobiles and ro/ro cargoes.  Near-dock rail intermodal facilities provide unsurpassed access throughout the USA and Canada via CSX and Norfolk Southern.  Recently the Port has announced its largest ever capital expansion and automobiles and Ro-Ro cargo will play a large role.  These improvements include new acreage, a new berth and improvements to existing facilities.

PhilaPort’s Southport Auto Terminal currently processes approximately 150,000 cars per year.  The automobile handling complex will receive $93 million toward improvements which include:  155 paved and fenced acres above the 300-year flood plain; the creation of a second VPC site, enhancements at the main auto processing site at Pier 98 annex and a second vessel berth.  These upgrades will more than double the Port’s automobile throughput capacity and allow PhilaPort the ability to handle in excess of 350,000 vehicles per year.

With its partners, DVR and GLOVIS, PhilaPort has a goal is to double car throughput capacity and at the same time facilitate handling of the current business more efficiently.  The improvements will also allow the partnership to jointly pursue other OEMs for both import and export business.  The Southport Auto Terminal in Philadelphia is a world-class facility, with best-in-class customer service.  It is committed to grow the volumes and maintain the highest standards of the public-private partnership.

Additionally, PhilaPort has a unique mix of labor.  This highly productive labor consistently exceeds customers KPIs.

The Port of Philadelphia is on the move and is building for the future.