Florida has long-been uniquely positioned for international trade. But as many Floridians learned firsthand during the pandemic, Florida’s innovative and resilient seaports played an outsized role ensuring a steady flow of medical supplies, food and fuel to communities statewide. Florida’s international trade footprint is large, and that’s why the Florida Ports Council is pleased to recognize May as World Trade Month.
International trade plays a leading role in Florida’s economy and job creation. Consider this fact: Florida’s 15 deep-water seaports handled more than $87 billion worth of cargo, and traded with nearly every country in the world, in 2018.
“There’s no doubt that Florida’s prosperity is closely tied to trade,” said Mike Rubin, Interim President and CEO of the Florida Ports Council. “World Trade Month allows us to recognize the importance of international trade to Florida’s economy. As Florida continues emerging and reimagining our economy, it’s now more important than ever that we further strengthen Florida’s position as a global trade leader.”
Be part of the World Trade Month conversation by using the hashtag #FLTrade2021 or following the Florida Ports Council at @floridaports on Twitter.