The Florida Ports Council is pleased to provide you with the Florida Seaports: A Global Threshold- 2016-2020 Five-Year Florida Seaport Mission Plan, prepared by the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council as required by Florida Statute.
This annual report provides data on cargo and cruise activities at Florida’s seaports, as well as providing updated international trade data for Florida. And the good news revealed in these numbers is that Florida seaports, while supporting nearly 700,000 jobs and contributing $96 billion to Florida’s economy, are continuing to grow our international trade via cargo and to lead the world in cruise passenger business. This year’s Seaport Mission Plan also includes port profiles, which detail recent projects and accomplishments.
“The growth in container cargo around the state confirms that the global business community and U.S. businesses are recognizing the benefits of using Florida seaports to move their goods. We are also seeing gains in other cargoes and niche businesses, which highlights the diversity of our port assets.” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council. “With the continued commitment by the Governor and Florida Legislature to seaport infrastructure, we expect those numbers to continue to gain momentum and bolster Florida’s economy overall.”