TAMPA, Fla.—Port Tampa Bay and the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Global Florida program today hosted a forum to talk about the benefits of Florida businesses investing in trade and business in Brazil. The event brought together business executives and economic development stakeholders to the port’s Cruise Terminal 6, to hear and engage in topics relevant to conducting commerce in and through the country of Brazil, which is a trade hub that is strategically important for Florida businesses, particularly importers and exporters. Moreover, Brazil is Port Tampa Bay’s number one trade partner in terms of annual cargo volume.
Panelists included Glenn Cooper, shareholder, Gray Robinson, P.A./Global Florida Advisory Council; Doug Davidson, market executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch/Global Florida Advisory Council; Bruno Rodrigues, deputy consul, Consulate General of Brazil—Miami; Max Stewart, regional manager of international trade development, Enterprise Florida; Joe Lopano, chief executive officer of Tampa International Airport; Rick Homans, president & CEO, Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation; Carlos Buqueras, executive director, Port Manatee; Sharon Hillstrom, president, Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation; and Paul Anderson, president & CEO, Port Tampa Bay.
Brazil is a top Latin American economic powerhouse and regional leader, with an expanding presence in world markets and a strengthening economy, which bodes well for a variety of U.S. companies, including those in Florida, which already has the benefit of key strategic and commercial ties to Brazil. The forum content was designed to continue this momentum and create economic opportunities for participating agencies and companies throughout the region and state.
“Brazil is a very strong trade partner and for Tampa and of strategic importance for the state of Florida, offering many exciting opportunities to develop even more trade and business relations. We are pleased to host this gathering to discuss ways in which we can utilize our relationships and combined assets to develop new commercial prospects between Brazil and Florida businesses,” Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO, said.
Port Tampa Bay is ideally positioned geographically to benefit both from growing north-south trade with Latin America, as well as east-west trade with Asia via the expanded canal. The port’s location in the center of the state of Florida, which is the fastest growing region of one of the country’s fastest-growing states, provides a huge advantage.
About the Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. The port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a top ten cruise homeport and 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.tampaport.com.