Port Facts

Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal, serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavy lift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $3.9 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.

Key Commodities

Port Manatee handles more than 10 million tons of cargo each year representing a diverse range of import and export commodities.

Primary imports include:

  • Tropical fruits and vegetables
  • Citrus juices and beverages
  • Forestry products
  • Refined petroleum products
  • Finished phosphate fertilizers
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Cement and cement clinker
  • Steel
  • Project cargo such as power plant and bridge components, heavy machinery and over-sized vehicles

Primary exports include:

  • Finished phosphate products
  • Citrus Juices
  • Construction and road building equipment
  • Used vehicles
  • LNG Heat Exchangers
  • Power Generation Units


Port Manatee is conveniently located near the entrance to Tampa Bay in west-central Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico. It is regarded as the closest U.S. seaport on Tampa Bay to the Panama Canal, as well as burgeoning Mexican manufacturing centers.

More than eight million Florida residents live within a two-hour-drive of Port Manatee, and the majority of Florida’s 115 million annual visitors may be found within a three-hour drive.

Excellent Road, Rail Links

Port Manatee offers exceptional highway connections, with a 60-mph access to Interstate 75 and Interstate 275, as well as Interstate 4. Trucks leaving Port Manatee reach i-75 and I-275 in less than four minutes via U.S. Highway 41.

Port Manatee’s short line railroad directly connects to the CSX Corp. mainline, which is less than 1 mile from the port’s north gate. To accommodate customers’ demands, the shoreline is available to operate 24 hours a day. It features two new switcher engines and nearly 7 miles of track, 19 switches, nine crossing, and a 300-plus rail car capacity.


Facts & Figures

Port property 1,100 acres
Surrounding available property Nearly 5,000 acres
Laydown area 70 acres
Foreign Trade Zone 169
Reefer Plugs 328 plus 120 portable receptacles
Warehouse and Office Space 1 million square feet
Refrigerated Warehouse Space 207,000 square feet
Berthing Area 10 berths, each maintained at 40-foot design draft at mean low water
Turning Basin 1,300 feet
Maximum Vessel Length Panamax
Manatee Harbor Channel 12 miles from Egmont Key Pilot station, including 2.95 miles from the intersection of Cut B in the main Tampa Bay Shipping Channel
Draft 40 feet at mean low wter
Width:400 feet at toe of slope
Cranes Two Gottwald HMK 6407 mobile harbor cranes. Tandem lift capacity 165, single lift capacity 100 tons
Truck scale Available 24 hours a day with advance notice. Regular hours 7:00 am to 6 p.m. Open to the public
Port Manatee crane unloading containers