As Colombia enters a new era of peace after a half century of war, agribusiness in the country promises to lift residents of the South American country out of longstanding poverty. Connecting agriculture companies with points of entry such as Port Manatee are one step in growing the agribusiness industry in Colombia.
Founded in 2014, the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee is providing advice and support in assisting numerous firms with production, distribution and related activities, including development of inventive supply chain approaches.
After Gov. Rick Scott threatened to financially cut off Florida ports that do business with Cuba, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale cancelled plans to sign Cuba agreement but will meet with Cuba delegation.
On Thursday, the Manatee County Port Authority authorized the port to enter an interlocal agreement with the ports of St. Petersburg and Tampa. The authority also authorized the port to file a claim against Fresh Quest, which was a tenant but stopped paying rent after it was bought by another company.
The Manatee County Port Authority is considering a negotiated agreement with stevedoring company Logistec under which the port would take on an $84,000 annual expense to operate one of the port's two mobile heavy lift cranes.
Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson told port constituents Wednesday that his port will build more new berths, warehouses and cargo facilities on more land than almost any other port in the U.S. in the coming years.