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May is Florida World Trade Month

May 3rd, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Have you heard about the statewide effort to highlight the importance of international trade as a powerful driver of economic growth in Florida? May is Florida World Trade Month, a campaign supported by the JAX Chamber, Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA), Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and numerous others to raise awareness of Florida’s critical role in the global economy.

Florida currently ranks fourth in the nation for international trade and commerce. As a result of major developments occurring at airports and seaports throughout the state, Florida is fast becoming the Southeast U.S. hub for international imports and export cargo.

JAXPORT generates more than $19 billion in annual economic impact and currently generates 65,000 jobs in the North Florida region. JAXPORT’s Talleyrand, Blount Island and Dames Points Marine Terminals handled more than 8 million tons of cargo in 2011. In the same year, Jacksonville became the largest container port in Florida and maintained its spot as the nation’s number one vehicle export port. JAXPORT is located within an eight-hour drive of more than 65 percent of the U.S. consumer market.

Jacksonville International Airport is a gateway to our region for international travelers and the JAX region is poised to become a leading international center for trade and logistics.

Florida World Trade Month 2012 runs through May 31. The honorary chair is Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope. To learn more, visit www.floridaworldtrademonth.com.

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