Port Manatee is a multi-purpose deep-water seaport on Tampa Bay handling a variety of bulk, break-bulk, containerized and heavy-lift project cargoes. With its proximity to the Panama Canal, Port Manatee offers superior intermodal connectivity, competitive rates and a prime location with nearly 5,000 acres of surrounding green space ripe for development. Port Manatee features approximately 70 acres of lay-down area, one million square feet of public warehouse and office space, and 207,000 square feet of refrigerated space including 30,000 square feet of freezer space.

With room to grow, extensive development incentives and a growing consumer base at hand, Port Manatee offers significant benefits to current and potential customers, manufacturers, shippers and ocean carriers.

Goals & Objectives

  • Develop and operate Port Manatee as a competitive and viable deep-water shipping port.
  • Stimulate job creation and regional economic development.
  • Serve community, state, national and international shipping needs generated by that development.
  • Develop the Florida International Gateway.

Current or Planned Investments

  • Berth Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation and upgrade of the docks at Berths 6-11.
  • Master Plan Update: Update to the Port’s current master plan.
  • Intermodal Container Yard Phases II-V and Cargo Pad: Three-acre cargo pad and installation of refrigerated plugs in the intermodal container yard.
  • South Gate Modernization: This project will enable safe and efficient handling of project cargo and processing of all cargo and vehicle data at the South Gate.
  • Port Security Emergency Communication Center: Upgrades and new equipment for the Port Security Emergency Communication Center will enhance coordination during emergency events.
  • GIS: Purchase of new geographic information system software will help actively manage traffic patterns, as well as better identify and plan critical infrastructure.


  • Port Manatee has gained federal approval to receive direct imports of select cold-treated South American produce via an expanding pilot program. Port Manatee may begin participation in the Florida Perishables Trade Coalition pilot program effective October 1, 2015, according to approval received September 10, 2015 from officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
  • Port Manatee has been recognized by Global Trade magazine as one of the Top 20 Niche Ports in the United States thanks to its wide-ranging capabilities to handle a variety of cargo types.
  • In fiscal year 2015, the Port saw tremendous growth in containers handled at the Port due to the success of a new shipping service from Mexico.


Florida counties within a 100-mile radius including Lee, Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota, Hardee, Polk, Hillsborough, Highlands, Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Manatee, as well as the U.S. Southeast, eastern U.S. and Midwest/Chicago area.

Trade Partners

Pacific Rim (including China), Latin America, Caribbean Basin, Europe and Australia.


To be a powerful catalyst of countywide economic growth and hub of trade related activity, by developing diversified and competitive deepwater shipping facilities and conducting maritime-related activities in a profitable and environmentally responsible manner.