Florida seaports see record-high cargo in 2022

Published On: February 28, 2023Categories: Industry News, News

Florida’s 16 seaports experienced a new record high of 112.5 million tons of cargo received during 2022, a six% increase over 2021, as the newly released Seaport Mission Plan report from the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) shows. Further, because Florida has encouraged shippers to change shipping lanes and call on the state’s uncongested ports, the state is positioned to gain an even larger market share over the next five years.

Florida is a top maritime trade state and home to the world’s largest cruise ports. Cargo and cruise activities support:

•900,000 direct and indirect jobs

•$117.6 billion in economic value

•13.3% of Florida’s GDP

Facts about Florida’s seaports:

•Ten of Florida’s 16 established and emerging seaports handled cargo in 2022

•Eight handled passenger movements by cruise ship, ferry, and/or day-cruise vessel

•Florida is home to the world’s top three cruise homeports: Port Miami, Port Canaveral and Port Everglades

•Florida is a global hub for mega yachts for extended stays, and increasingly, maintenance

•Florida has 20 Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs)