As one of Port Everglades’ leading overall trade partners, Honduras’ Port Authority and OPC have agreed to establish an alliance aimed at generating new business by promoting all-water shipping routes that serve both ports.

“International trade promotion is a priority for Port Everglades. Increased trade will lead to the creation of more jobs both in Florida and the Central America country,” Port Everglades CEO Jonathan Daniels said.

“Honduras is an important trade partner for Port Everglades and the nation. South Florida, as a region, far exceeds other US areas in trade between the United States and Honduras – including all the nation’s seaports, airports, and border crossings.”

“The expansion of the Honduras National Port Authority’s ‘organic law’ gives us now the facilities to promote and create Dry Port Projects, which will amplify and expand our seaports with areas of strong economic development of different countries inside Honduras territory; thus creating ample feeder port capacities and focusing Honduras’ strategic geographical location to the principal East and West coast market of the USA, anchoring and expanding stronger roots of Europe and Asia to America,” said Gerardo Murillo, General Manager ENP for the National Port Authority of Honduras.

The two parties aim to establish joint initiatives aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting the sea trade routes between the two countries. The MoU outlines joint initiatives, including marketing activities and market studies, data sharing, training, and sharing of information on technology, modernization, and improvements. In Fiscal Year 2021 (30 Sept 2020 – 1 Oct 2021) nearly 75,000 teu have moved between the two ports.

On the export side, cargo consists of textiles for assembly, automobiles and parts, electronics, and yarn. The dominant imports from Honduras include perishables, such as fruits and vegetables, as well as clothing.

Source: Seatrade Maritime