Brazil was the # 1 Trading Partner for the Miami Customs District in 2010


Alan Becker, Board member of Enterprise and Chair of Beacon Council, with Gov Scott meets with business leaders in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Managing Shareholder Alan Becker, our guest blogger, who just returned from the Enterprise Florida Trade Mission to Brazil with Governor Rick Scott and a delegation of Florida business leaders. Alan is the Chair of the Beacon Council, MIami Dade County’s Economic Development agency.



Alan S. Becker

Brazil was the # 1 trading partner for the Miami Customs district in 2010 and has been the top  trading partner for more than a decade. It is Florida’s # 1 trade partner with over $15 billion in  annual trade. Of that, $13 billion is export to Brazil, so there is a lot of room for increased trade  importing to Florida.

Many of the largest Brazilian companies already have regional or US headquarters in Miami, such  as Odebrecht, Itau Bank, TAM Airlines, and many others.

Miami – Dade County is the area where most of this trade takes place, which is not surprising. Of Dade’s 2.5 million residents, half are foreign born and 2/3 speak a second language in addition to English, almost all from the Caribbean, Central and South American. There are at least 50,000 Brazilians living in South Florida.

In 2010, 555,000 visitors came from Brazil just to Miami-Dade County and […]