Port Everglades targets Guatemala

03/25/2013 03:24:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO, March 28) South Florida’s Port Everglades is focusing on trade with Guatemala.

Michael Vanderbeek, Port Everglades’ director of business development, spoke at the recent Agritrade opening ceremony in Guatemala. The port is identifying Guatemala as a major import market.Port EvergladesMichael Vanderbeek, Port Everglades’ director of business development, spoke at the recent Agritrade opening ceremony in Guatemala. The port is identifying Guatemala as a major import market.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based port co-sponsored the Agritrade Expo & Conference, which was in mid-March in La Antigua, Guatemala.

Hosted by the Guatemalan Exporters Association, the biennial event is billed as Central America’s largest international agricultural trade show, according to a news release.

At the conference, port officials stated that Guatemala is a key target market for the port.

The conference showcased Central America’s fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, as well as supply chain products and services, according to the release.

During the event, Port Everglades officials visited with Guatemala President Otto Pérez Molina and other government officials, according to the release.

Port EvergladesMichael Vanderbeek, Port Everglades’ director of business development, spoke at the Agritrade opening ceremony.

“The event offered investment and new business opportunities for Port Everglades and its clients with the region’s diverse agricultural suppliers,” Vanderbeek said in the release. “Guatemala is our No. 2 trading partner after Honduras, and creating strategic alliances in the Central American region continues to be a top priority.”

Three marine terminal operators provide weekly service from Guatemala to Port Everglades.

The port’s top imports from Guatemala include bananas and other fruits, vegetables and clothing, according to the release.



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