Port Manatee is developing an international trade hub to assist companies from throughout the world in advancing production, distribution and other business activities, including innovative global supply chain solutions.
“As the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, Port Manatee is drawing increased interest,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “This new trade hub will provide locally and internationally headquartered companies alike with a landing platform for capitalizing upon Port Manatee’s unique position in the global marketplace.”
Companies from throughout Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia are expected to be among those benefiting from the international trade hub, located in the Port Manatee Intermodal Center.
Firms currently engaged in – or seeking to take part in – Cuba trade are to be a particular focus, according to Buqueras.
Organized outbound and inbound overseas trade mission programs are slated to further boost the effectiveness of the international hub.
“The international trade hub will be good for global commerce and good for Port Manatee, while enhancing economic benefits to Manatee County,” Buqueras said.
Port Manatee is a multipurpose deepwater seaport at the entrance to Tampa Bay that serves bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs regionally, without levying ad-valorem taxes.