About Port Manatee
Port Manatee is one of Florida’s largest and fastest-growing deepwater seaports. Located in the eastern Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Tampa Bay, Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal – providing shippers with speedy access to Pacific Rim markets.
The port and its partners move more than 10 million tons of containerized, breakbulk, bulk, and project cargo each year including fresh produce, forestry products, petroleum products, citrus juice products, fertilizer, steel, aluminum, automobiles, cement, aggregate and more.
Port Manatee is Fresh Del Monte Produce’s second-largest U. S. port facility and is also the Southeast’s leading forestry product importer.
As a leading economic engine, Port Manatee adds more than $3.9 billion dollars annually in regional economic impact and supports more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The mission of Port Manatee is to be a powerful catalyst of countywide economic growth and hub of trade-related activity, by developing diversified and competitive deepwater shipping facilities and conducting maritime-related activities in a profitable and environmentally responsible manner.
Adopted in open session June 19, 1996