Florida, Mexico ports team for trade expansion

Members of the Tallahassee-based Florida Chamber of Commerce rallied to support an memorandum of understanding (MoU) inked between Florida and Mexican ports by attending the recent signing in Mexico City.

The event meshed with Florida Chamber’s several-day mission to Mexico planned in conjunction with Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development arm. The Tallahassee team met with Rolando Zapata Bello, the current governor of Yucatan State, as part of its economic development-focused trip.

Representatives for the Memorandum of Understanding event traveled to attend from PortMiami, Port Everglades, Port Manatee, Port Panama City, Port Pensacola, Port Tampa Bay, Florida Ports Council and the Consul General of Mexico in Florida. Additionally, Enterprise Florida’s President and CEO Bill Johnson and its vice chair Alan Becker participated in the occasion.

Mexico currently ranks as the U.S.’s third leading trading partner and as Florida’s 10th largest. In 2015, over $1.6 billion worth of exported goods was delivered to the country of Mexico, indicating potential for increased trade between the adjoining nations, especially in today’s competitive global economy.

The Florida Chamber plans a trade and logistics webinar at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 with a special focus on the opening of the Panama Canal expansion slated for June 26.

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