Port Manatee

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Port Manatee
Port Manatee


Port Manatee is actively enhancing its relationship with Argentina, its No. 1 source of imports, as an Argentine diplomat sees fortifying the U.S. Gulf Coast port’s role in linking Latin America’s second-most-populous nation with burgeoning Central and Southwest Florida markets.

Imports into Port Manatee from Argentina totaled $675 million in value during the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2017, making the South American country of 45 million people Port Manatee’s top supplier of inbound cargo.

Noting that aluminum and biodiesel fuels are among commodities shipped to Port Manatee from Argentina, Miami-based de Antueno said Florida receives about one-third of all of Argentina’s imports into the United States, while significant opportunities remain not only for growing such northbound volumes but also for increasing exports from Florida to Argentina. In years past, Port Manatee exports to Argentina have included fertilizers.

Port Manatee’s executive director, Carlos Buqueras, commented, “Through the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee, we continue to proactively engage leaders of commerce from around the globe, together realizing the mutual benefits of expanded trade.”

Over the past several months, Port Manatee and its trade hub also have hosted high-level representatives of such diverse nations as Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland and Spain.