After 45 years, the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) opened its first Terminal with Glovis America, a third-party logistics service provider specializing in Vehicle & Parts Logistics. The new Southport Auto Terminal and Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) are in total 155-acres and cost $110 million.
“Pennsylvania needs a top tier Port facility to compete in global markets,” said Jeff Theobald, PhilaPort Executive Director and CEO. “This new facility the best of its kind on the East Coast.”
The VPC will have the capability to process over 200,000 vehicles from brands, such as Hyundai, Kia, and many more. The VPC hosts state-of-the-art equipment, including two car washes with two double prep stations, two joined double paint booths, heated floors for winter weather conditions, and more. It will also be able to service 200 cars per hour and over 1,000 daily.
A few weeks ago, the PhilaPort and Glovis America held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the terminal’s official opening where the Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf also attended and shared the impact this new terminal will have on the region and state’s economy.
“This terminal alone will stimulate an estimated $124 million in economic activity, as well as create as many as 2,500 good, family-sustaining jobs,” said Governor Wolf.
This past summer, the PhilaPort received a fifth post-Panamax crane as a part of a $300 million terminal improvement project at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, where the VPC is also located. Renovating our region’s ports continues to allow for greater accessibility to national and global markets.