Port Tampa Bay has struck a deal with a Colombia port.
The Tampa, Fla., port’s signing of an agreement with the Cartagena, Colombia, port will help both ports pursue additional business opportunities, according to a news release.
The latest “sister port” memorandum of understanding between the Tampa port and the Colombia port should strengthen relationships between the two ports that possess similar diverse business portfolios and growth plans, according to the release.
The Sept. 11 signing is the latest in a string of similar agreements between Florida’s largest port and other Latin American ports including Quequén, Argentina; Barranquilla, Colombia; Veracruz, Mexico; JAPDEVA, Costa Rica; and the Panama Canal Authority, according to the release.
The Latin American trade lane is the strongest and most active for Tampa’s port, according to the release.
“Our team is eager to work with the Port of Cartagena to develop new trade routes to serve our two great markets,” Raul Alfonso, Port Tampa Bay’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said in the release. “We believe that Port Tampa Bay and Cartagena will become strong partners, offering new, better solutions to our customers in Florida and Colombia.”