Courtesy Port Tampa BayPaul Anderson (seated, from left), president and chief executive officer of Port Tampa Bay, signs a memorandum of understanding with Rene Puche, president of Colombia's Port of Barranquilla. Also at the signing were other officials from both ports.Port Tampa Bay has signed a deal strengthening its ties with a Colombian port.
Florida’s largest port and Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla signed a memorandum of understanding April 1, according to a Port Tampa Bay news release.
Under the deal, the ports will collaborate on trade, marketing initiatives, technical expertise and best practices.
The memorandum of understanding follows a 2012 Florida trade mission to Colombia led by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Tampa’s mayor, Bob Buckhorn, and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation also organized trade mission to Barranquilla, a sister city of Tampa.
Colombia, which signed a free-trade agreement with the U.S. in 2006, is one Port Tampa Bay’s top trading partners. Barranquilla is the largest multipurpose port along Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
“We are very excited to be taking this step in our relationship with a strategic partner, the Port of Barranquilla,” Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay’s president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship as we move forward in our efforts to build a truly world-class port.”