TAMPA, Fla.— Port Tampa Bay is pleased to again recognize the month of May as Florida World Trade Month. International trade is the lifeblood of Florida’s largest port, which is engaged with nearly 100 countries worldwide in cargo shipping.
Florida World Trade Month is being recognized statewide by the Governor’s Office, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Ports Council, World Trade Center Miami and Enterprise Florida in this annual effort to celebrate Florida’s increasingly strong and critical ties to international trade and commerce. The month-long recognition is intended to spur interest in and awareness about the importance of international trade as a major contributor to job creation and business growth.
More than half of Florida’s nearly $158.4 billion in international trade comes through Florida’s seaports, making international trade and growing our global partnerships critical to our ports and Florida as a whole. For more information on World Trade Month, including a calendar of events and participating organizations, visit www.floridaworldtrademonth.com. Be a part of the conversation by using the hash tag #FLTrade2014. In addition, you can read the proclamation from Governor Scott and find out more about Florida’s ports at www.flaports.org.
“Florida World Trade Month is the perfect opportunity to showcase to the invaluable role played by the ports in our great state,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “We are proud to stand in solidarity with the other ports in Florida, as well as our strategic partners on the state level, to heighten awareness and underscore the need for strong port infrastructure, ongoing investment, international relations and business development.”
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com.