The agreement, filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), encourages voluntary co-operation in the area of operational and supply chain efficiencies, safety, communications and customer service.
VPA chief executive and executive director John Reinhart and GPA executive directive Griff Lynch said in a joint statement: “The US East Coast continues to see larger vessels and cargo exchanges since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal last year.
“Increasingly, our customers are seeking gateway ports on the East Coast that can leverage sufficient landside infrastructure to ensure the free flow of cargo.
“The states of Georgia and Virginia have made the necessary investments to prepare for this new era in global trade. The East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement is an innovative collaboration that will allow us to find new ways to become more efficient and effective.”
The agreement will enable the member ports to work together to find ways to become more efficient and effective, benefitting the citizens of their respective states, and shippers and carriers.
Other areas of co-operation between the two authorities include acquisition and utilisation of joint marketing materials and sharing best practices in areas such as terminal operating systems, training and cargo handling, among more.
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