Market Access

With a Northwest Florida location, your firm can have easy access to the fast-growing Southeastern United States and the World. Three deep-water seaports and three commercial airports reaching U.S. and international markets; Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad connecting to Class I rail CSX & Norfolk Southern, and several short lines; and I-10 connecting to I-65, I-75 and I-95 make the Florida Panhandle a smart choice for manufacturing, final assembly and distribution companies.

Additionally, your employees can fly in/out with ease to major cities without the hassle of congested airports.  And your firm can have a large and ready customer base within easy reach,  including over one-million Northwest Florida residents, 58 million within an 8-hour drive time, plus 124+ million Florida tourists every year.

The region offers intermodal opportunities for your firm to take advantage of, including shipping by truck, rail, plane or ocean carrier, to meet your importing and exporting needs. Two major assets for international markets are the foreign trade zones at Port Panama City and Port of Pensacola.

Port Panama City, with its six deep-water berths, on-site rail, and 250-acre Intermodal Distribution Center, is a significant regional asset. Coupled with the new 4,000-acre Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport near Panama City, make the region an ideal hub for international trade.

Additionally, Port of Pensacola offers one of the quickest transits in the Gulf of Mexico. It is 11 miles from the first sea buoy with no overhead obstructions. Both Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, Interstate-10, and the Pensacola International Airport are directly accessible from the port.

Northwest Florida Transportation & Infrastructure Assets

  • Three deep-water ports, two of which are designated Foreign Trade Zones
  • Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad and 3 short lines
  • Three commercial airports and 17 public general aviation airports
  • Barge port with direct Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico
  • Interstate 10 connects Jacksonville, Florida, with Los Angeles California, providing single-day access to the Ports of Jacksonville, Mobile, and New Orleans

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