Port Manatee is developing an international trade hub to help companies advance production, distribution and global supply chain solutions, it announced Tuesday.
Port Manatee, in Palmetto, Fla., said firms that are — or seek to be — involved in trade with Cuba will be a focus.
“As the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, Port Manatee is drawing increased interest,” said Executive Director Carlos Buqueras in a statement. “This new trade hub will provide locally and internationally headquartered companies alike with a landing platform for capitalizing upon Port Manatee’s unique position in the global marketplace.”
Port Manatee is located at the entrance to Tampa Bay and serves bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers.