Port plays key role in boosting trade

The administration recognizes that port executives have the knowledge of what it takes to do business overseas and the contacts to help local companies expand their business models to reach markets abroad.

South Florida is poised to lead this initiative because our proximity to South America, Central America and the Caribbean makes it efficient to transport goods through our seaports and airports on a north-south route. We live in one of the only regions in the United States that exports more goods than are imported, helping to offset the ever-widening U.S. trade deficit.

Additionally, Port Everglades is gearing up for increased international trade through an east-west route with the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2014, which will allow goods to travel more expediently and efficiently from the west coast of South America and Far East to the U.S. eastern seaboard. Our 20-Year Master/Vision Plan includes near-term projects to add berth space, deepen and widen our channels and build a rail transfer facility directly on the Port. These capital improvement projects will ensure that South Florida retains and strengthens its leadership position in export trade.

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