Known as the Cargo Gateway of the Americas, PortMiami is one of the leading container ports in the nation. Trade with Latin America and the Caribbean comprise more than half the Port’s cargo business. PortMiami is a major North-South logistics hub that benefits from the strength of the Latin American economies and growing markets. The Port primarily handles containerized cargo and small amounts of break bulk, vehicles and industrial equipment.
Principal cargo passing through PortMiami include:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Apparel and textiles
- Non-refrigerated food products
- Electronic equipment
- Stone, clay and cement tiles
- Construction and industrial equipment
- Trucks, buses, and automobiles
Four types of cargo operations occur at PortMiami:
- Roll-on/roll-off (Ro / Ro) container operations
- Lift-on/lift-off (Lo / Lo) container operations
- Break-bulk cargo operations
- Vehicle exports
In 2012 PortMiami's cargo shipments saw a modest increase over the previous year, shipping more than 900,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually.