Target Business Sectors

Global Logistics

With east access to seaborne trade through the Panama Canal, Greater Fort Lauderdale is positioned at the cusp of Latin America within 1,000 miles of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and many other Caribbean basin nations. Key to the success of this targeted industry are two economic engines: Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Greater Fort Lauderdale also has the workforce to support the global logistics sector, with more than 25,000 jobs in the transportation and warehousing industry sector in the county.  In addition, several local colleges and universities offer programs related to logistics, including the Global Trade and Logistics program at Broward College, an MBA in supply chain management and a supply chain management certificate at Nova Southeastern University, among others.

With FLL and Port Everglades, businesses in Greater Fort Lauderdale enjoy fast and convenient connections to world markets. A diverse, multilingual workforce, and convenient office and warehouse facilities support the flow of international goods and services. In addition, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to many organizations that assist importers, exporters and international service providers.

International business (trade plus foreign direct investment) supports nearly one in six jobs in the state and accounts for one-sixth of the state's economic output. Most of the state's exports and imports came through the Miami Customs District, which includes Port Everglades and FLL. The district's total trade was $107 billion in 2017 with a positive trade surplus of $10.6 billion.

For information regarding locating or expanding your business in Greater Fort Lauderdale, please contact Todd Holt, the Alliance's Director of Business Development at 954-627-0124 or via email at tholt@gflalliance.org