Program rewards carriers for using Port of Philadelphia’s intermodal connections

James T. McDermott, Jr., Executive Director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA), is pleased to announce that the PRPA Board of Directors approved the agency’s new Intermodal Incentive Program at its July meeting. Effective immediately, participating ocean carriers that utilize the Port’s class-one railroad service for the movement of their containers will receive a $25.00 per container incentive.

“We’re one of the few ports in the country with service by three class-one railroads,” said Mr. McDermott, “and this new program will give ocean carriers an added reason to see for themselves why Philadelphia is second to none when it comes to intermodal efficiency.” The Port of Philadelphia is serviced by class-one rail carriers Norfolk Southern, CP Rail, and CSX.

The Intermodal Incentive Program is especially attractive to ocean carriers not currently using the Port of Philadelphia, as initially every intermodal container moved by a new carrier calling the Port will receive the $25.00 incentive. The program also benefits current port users: for existing port customers that have a history at the Port of Philadelphia, cargo-handling benchmarks have been established, so the $25.00 per container incentive will immediately commence for all intermodal moves above and beyond those benchmarks.

“Philadelphia really has a story to tell when it comes to intermodal service,” said PRPA Director of Marketing Sean Mahoney. “Not only do we have service by three class-one railroads, but those railroads are improving their services all the time. This November will see the opening of Norfolk Southern’s new intermodal facility at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center, right next to our Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The aim of this new incentive program is to make it easier than ever for carriers to choose Philadelphia for their intermodal moves. And we’re also pleased that this new program rewards our existing customers, too, allowing them to benefit from this financial incentive when they exceed their past intermodal cargo levels.”

Those interested in learning more about PRPA’s innovative new Intermodal Incentive Program should contact PRPA’s Marketing Department at (215) 426-2600. Mr. Mahoney or one of PRPA’s Marketing Representatives are ready to discuss all aspects of this exciting new program.