Global Connectivity

With nearly 30 countries represented by a diverse group of companies, JAX is a growing hub for international business.

Our global reputation helps us attract companies, including France-based Saft, German-based Deustche Bank and Brazilian-based Embraer. Our regional population of 1.6 million people and labor force comprised of more than 830,000 skilled workers creates a strong talent base. JAX has the 4th most diverse industry base in the state and our westernmost location on the East Coast uniquely positions us with same-day access to the entire Southeastern consumer market.

JAX Global Trade: Part of the joint Brookings and JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Initiative, the JAX region is strategically focused on connecting the metro’s trade, economic development, business and political leaders to boost exports of local goods and services to countries around the world. Current trends show that opportunities exist for companies looking to expand beyond traditional domestic markets. Learn more about JAX’s increasing international trade and growth strategies at JAX Global Trade.

America’s Logistics Center: We are America’s Logistics Center. As one of the only regions offering a logistics infrastructure that includes rail, air, maritime and highway, it is easy to see why Global Trade magazine continues to select JAX as a top U.S. logistics hub. Our region exports more than $5.4 billion in goods and services annually. And, our modern transportation infrastructure includes 10 airports, an FAA-licensed horizontal spaceport, two deep-water ports with four marine terminals, a strong network of railways and direct access to major roadways and interstates.

Foreign Trade Zone: Our Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) spans the entire seven-county region, helping companies doing business internationally reduce the cost of operations and function more efficiently. The FTZ operates under the Alternative Site Framework (ASF), which extends the zone to include eight countries and more than 5,000 square miles within Northeast Florida. Jacksonville’s FTZ (No. 64) is the largest of Florida’s 21 FTZs, which is based on a combined value of import/export trade. Some of the best industrial lands sites in the country are available within Jacksonville’s FTZ and provide close proximity to JAXPORT.

Deep-Water Ports: JAXPORT is one of the region’s two deep-water ports and is the #1 container port complex in Florida. The port supports more than 132,000 jobs and has an annual economic impact of $27 billion. JAXPORT has attracted 17 of the 18 largest global shipping lines and offers direct trade with Asian ports through the Panama and Suez canals. It is one of only 16 U.S. strategic ports on-call to move military cargo for the defense industry and the only one in Florida. JAXPORT is recognized as the easiest port to do business with in the Southeast by Logistics Management.

The Port of Fernandina, located in Nassau County at the Florida/Georgia border, is the region’s other deep-water port. Containerized commodities moving through the port include consumer goods, building materials, plastics and frozen foods.