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Port Manatee signs international Sister Seaports agreement with Docas do Rio de Janeiro
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Port Manatee signs international Sister Seaports agreement with Docas do Rio de Janeiro

Palmetto, Florida -- There will be new opportunities for foreign trade between the U.S. and Brazil now that Port Manatee and Docas do Rio de Janeiro become International Sister Seaports. This also marks the first time a Florida Gulf Coast seaport has entered into such agreement.

On June 4, Jorge Luiz de Mello, president-director of the Rio de Janeiro Port Authority, signed the agreement at a Manatee County Port Authority meeting. Carol Whitmore, chairman of MCPA and Carlos Buqueras, executive director of Port Manatee, will sign on behalf of Port Manatee.

The International Sister Seaports Agreement will help establish regular shipping lines between Port Manatee and Brazilian seaports including the Rio de Janeiro Port Authority. It also allows for the free and uninhibited exchange of information related to the two ports’ cargo industries, statistics, planned infrastructure developments, marketing and research. The agreement will also establish goodwill ambassadors to exchange educational visits between the ports and help implement the intent of the agreement.

“This agreement is like Olympic gold for Florida’s Gulf Coast,” Buqueras said in reference to the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro. “And it’s a qualifying event for Port Manatee.” He added, “We will continue to pursue international trade opportunities that positively impact the local economy and increase jobs, and work with others to do the same.”  

Brazil is Florida's largest trade partner and Port Manatee is a principal importer in the Southeastern U.S. of Brazilian orange juice and lumber.

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