Stronger International Markets Buoying Florida
Still, challenges remain.
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Ken Roberts, president of WorldCity, a Miami media company that tracks global trade, sees the following trends in Florida customs data:
Brazilian trade is down because fewer Brazilian-made Embraer jets have been coming into Fort Lauderdale, where Embraer has its U.S. headquarters.
As oil prices fell, Venezuela had less money to spend buying tractors, cell phones and computers so its trade out of Miami is down.
With so many people trading their gold for cash, trade with Switzerland is up as scrap precious metals leave here for there.
Jacksonville/Tampa Trade —
|July 09 YTD (millions)||Market Share||7-Year Share Change|
|Market Share of Top 10||53%||?|
Copper is off at Panama City, which is the nation’s leading copper port.
Motor vehicles and fuel are off in Jacksonville.
Miami, meanwhile, the nation’s only customs district to have a trade surplus for 15 straight years, is "holding up relatively well, under the circumstances." Its strength in exports and a less severe recession in Latin America kept exporting at a "moderate clip." In total dollar value of trade, Miami, through July, is having its worst year since 2006 while Jacksonville/Tampa hasn’t been this low since 2004. Miami is off 15% through July while Jacksonville/Tampa is down 46%. With Jacksonville/Tampa down and Miami less so, Miami’s share of Florida trade is at a high — 77% of Florida’s $56.9 billion total, he adds.