The Americas present a large portion of Florida’s international trade opportunity, especially for Florida’s agriculture industry. Canada continues to be Florida’s number one destination for Florida agriculture products, while Brazil continues to rank as Florida’s top trading partner and export destination.
Florida ranks eighth in the United States for “Fresh from Florida” exports of agricultural commodities, valued at an all-time record of $4.2 billion, supporting more than 109,000 jobs and representing an economic value of more than $13 billion.
Canada also tops the list as the top international country for visitors and dollars spent in Florida- with more than $4 billion spent. Growing trade relationships with countries like Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Peru work to create a competitive environment for Florida’s exporters – 95 percent of which are small-to-mid-sized businesses— to grow and thrive. The impact of international trade to Florida’s economy cannot be denied. Read recent Florida Chamber articles on this regions below:
- The Promise of the Panama Canal
- What to Expect from Emerging Markets
- Latin America Hang Over
- Increased Domestic Demand Equals Widened U.S. Trade Deficit
- MERCOSUR- What You Need To Know
- Peru’s Economy Grows