ACTION ALERT: U.S. Senate Set to Discuss Free Trade Bill This Week

Your Voice is Needed Now!

The United States Senate has indicated they will hear arguments this week on recently-filed legislation that would renew the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The Florida Chamber supports renewing the TPA, which is essential to creating high-wage jobs and opening new markets for Florida’s exporters.

Click here to read the bill.  Join us in urging members of Congress to support the TPA.

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In a recent statement of support, Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber said:

“Increasingly, international trade is one of Florida’s top strategies for economic diversification and long-term growth.  Leveraging and growing trade opportunities that build bridges to more markets for ‘Made in Florida’ products and services around the world is essential. Free Trade Agreements help provide greater access to new markets for Florida exporters by reducing trade barriers. The renewal of the Trade Promotion Authority is essential to our continued success as a global hub for trade.”

We Need Your Support!

Contact your member of Congress and voice your support for the renewal of the TPA!

ACTION ALERT: Support Free Trade Agreements Today

Last week, legislation that would renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was introduced. Passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, is critical to advancing the U.S. and Florida’s Trade agenda in order to achieve state of the art trade deals that truly will serve as catalysts to growing trade for Florida’s exporters. The Florida Chamber supports renewing TPA, which is essential to creating high-wage jobs and opening new markets for Florida’s exporters.
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Join us in urging members of Congress to support the TPA.

In a recent statement of support, Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber said:

“Increasingly, international trade is one of Florida’s top strategies for economic diversification and long-term growth.  Leveraging and growing trade opportunities that build bridges to more markets for ‘Made in Florida’ products and services around the world is essential. Free Trade Agreements help provide greater access to new markets for Florida exporters by reducing trade barriers. The renewal of Trade Promotion Authority is essential to our continued success as a global hub for trade.”

We Need Your Support!

Contact your member of Congress and voice your support for the renewal of TPA!

Did You Know Florida Exports $1.1 Billion in Goods to Panama?

Did You Know?

From 2008 to 2010, $1.1 billion in Florida goods were exported to Panama? In addition, Florida is home to more than 60,000 exporting companies, meaning one out of every five of the nation’s exporters are located in Florida

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is currently visiting business leaders in Panama to strengthen our trade relationship and further drive our state to becoming the global hub for trade to and from the U.S.

Joined by Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, and several Florida Chamber partners, we are actively advocating to become a global leader in international trade.

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Representatives from the Florida Chamber and Enterprise Florida tour Gatún Locks at the Panama Canal.

Pictured from left-to-right: Florida Chamber Executive V.P. David Hart, Enterprise Florida V.P. of Trade Development Services Ivan Barrios, Enterprise Florida Senior V.P. of International Trade and Development Manny Mencia, Florida Chamber Director of Global Outreach Alice Ancona and Florida Secretary of Commerce and Enterprise Florida President and CEO Gray Swoope.

With the expansion of the Panama Canal and the Free Trade Agreement, Panama presents Florida companies with tremendous opportunities. Post-Panamax vessels are nearly three times the size as current vessels being used. Florida is poised to have the first port south of Virginia, PortMiami, which can receive the post-Panamax ships that will be coming from Asia through the Canal. Florida’s gateways are better prepared at being able to facilitate the trade relationship between Florida and Panama.

Florida’s 15 deep-water seaports are well-positioned to lead the way to attract new international trade and commerce. Thanks to unprecedented support from the Florida Legislature, our ports can boast state-of-the-art infrastructure investments and increased connectivity from strategic projects such as on-dock rail and intermodal container transfer facilities. These new opportunities are outlined in the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida Trade & Logistics 2.0 Study, which offers recommendations that will help fuel Florida’s competitive growth.

But realizing our state’s global potential requires vision.

“As the global marketplace doubles in size over the next 20 years, we ignore the importance of international trade at our own demise,” said Doug Davidson, Market Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Trade & Logistics Institute. “We have to continue to shed light on the opportunities, and with leadership from the business community, policy makers, and organizations like the Florida Chamber Foundation through their Florida Trade & Logistics 2.0 Study, we can secure tens of thousands of high-wage jobs and guarantee that our state is globally competitive in 2030 and beyond.”