Florida Trade & Logistics Institute
The Florida Chamber is committed to connecting Florida’s business community to global opportunities and leveraging resources and investments to maintain and expand Florida’s position as an international trade leader. In order to meet the goal of doubling Florida-origin exports, Florida’s role in international trade must continue to strengthen.
Florida has more than 500,000 jobs in transportation, trade and logistics. For the past three years, Florida has exported an average of $64 billion in goods sourced in our state. Florida has more than 60,000 companies registered to export, and more than 95 percent of our state’s exporters are small-to-medium-sized businesses that produce two-thirds of Florida’s total export value.
“Florida’s diversity of cultures, 100 million visitors a year, major seaports, railroads, and interstate connections to the rest of the U.S., places us in a position to increase our standing as a national player regarding freight, logistics and international trade,” said ROB PALMER Chair, Florida Trade & Logistics Institute Florida Chamber of Commerce
According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics 2.0 report, Florida can create more than 150,000 high-wage jobs by growing manufacturing, exports and trade and logistics. By leveraging and growing these opportunities, Florida can take advantage of becoming the global hub for trade.
The Florida Chamber’s Trade & Logistics Institute shares information found in the Trade and Logistics 2.0 report to Florida’s diverse regions, through meetings, webinars and field visits. The regional discussions help drive action and advocacy that benefits Florida’s global economy- both from a local and a federal level.
In order to become the number one state in the nation for innovation and economic development, we must continue to attract and retain high-skilled talent, target growing industries and continue to work toward the recommendations set forth in the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Trade and Logistics 2.0 (TL2) report.
The Florida Chamber recognizes the importance of trade advocacy and manufacturing efforts and has opened a new South Florida office led by Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach. For more information on TL2 recommendations, to engage your business in our international efforts, or to get involved with International Days, contact Alice Ancona.