Miami Herald Analyzes Datamyne Data on Florida-Cuba Trade Traffic

The US embargo against Cuba still limits trade between the two countries, but an analysis for the Miami Herald by Datamyne shows steady traffic between several Florida air- and seaports and the island. Trade reached almost $65 million last year.

In 2015, the Port Everglades, Port Miami, Miami International Airport, Jacksonville, Port Tampa Bay and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport together tallied $57.2 million worth of exports to Cuba. But last year, only three Florida seaports — Port Everglades, Miami and Jacksonville — and MIA sent exports to Cuba, with the total falling to $46.4 million.

The US embargo precludes most true imports from the island. In 2015, the exceptions added up to $61.95 million worth of goods from Cuba shipped to five Florida ports — Jacksonville, Miami, Port Everglades, Tampa Bay and Fort Pierce. In 2016, imports from Cuba handled by Florida ports fell to $18.5 million.

Reporter Mimi Whitefield uncovers some intriguing shipments among the import bills of lading, including the returns of stage equipment from the Rolling Stones’ Havana concert in March and a traveling Bible exhibit.

Read the full article, “Florida commerce with Cuba totals $65 million even as governor tries to limit trade expansion” »

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