Florida International Terminal (FIT) has opened a 32-acre containerised cargo terminal at Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida, US.

Besides doubling the number of entry gates, the terminal has added new scales, heavy equipment, technology, and stacking capacity.

FIT, which is one of the largest cargo terminal operators at Port Everglades, is relocating for the largest capital improvement in the port’s history.

In the last fiscal year, FIT witnessed a 17% growth, with around 226,000 TEUs. Perishables cargo represent around 15% of its total containers volumes.

Port Everglades deputy port director Glenn Wiltshire said: “FIT is a terrific example of how a company can be born at Port Everglades and grow into a regional leader that brings international business and jobs to Broward County.”

Improvements at FIT’s new terminal include six lanes entering the terminal with scales and two outbound lanes, an appointment system with a VIP lane for refrigerated cargo, and a new yard tractor fleet and upgraded container handling equipment. Upgrades also comprise resilient information technology systems with quick disaster recovery abilities and an additional 350 power plugs for refrigerated containers.

“Over the next five years, the port will invest almost $1bn in infrastructure improvements to boost cargo volumes.”

FIT vice president and general manager Klaus Stadthagen said: “We have installed a lot of new technology to better monitor gate traffic and what is happening throughout the terminal.

“By improving efficiency, we are helping our customers, the shipping lines, develop their business. Our success is dependent upon our customers’ success.”

Over the next five years, the port will invest almost $1bn in infrastructure improvements to boost cargo volumes.

Among the expansion, projects include the addition of new cargo berths, installation of new Super Post-Panamax container gantry cranes, bolstering the lift capacity on existing cranes, and widening the navigation channels of the port.