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U.S. Commerce Department Reports International Trade Up At Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) increased its dominance as the leading U.S. airport for international trade, according to figures released recently by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

In calendar year 2004, 913,560 tons of international cargo either originated or cleared MIA, representing $25.6 billion in goods. This is an 11 percent increase by weight and value over 2003 figures. Additional freight traveling in-transit or in-bond brings the total amount of international freight to 1.6 million tons.

In 2004, MIA handled 82 percent of all imports and 77 percent of all air exports between the U.S. and the Latin American/Caribbean region.

“MIA now handles 94 percent of the dollar value of Florida’s total air imports, and 33 percent of the state’s total trade with the world,” said Interim Aviation Director Carlos F. Bonzon, Ph.D., P.E. “MIA’s role as a pivotal, international trade hub is undisputed.”

MIA remains the leading U.S. airport for perishables, handling 69 percent of all U.S. air imports, 88 percent of all flower air imports, 66 percent of fish air imports, and 55 percent all fruit and vegetable air imports.

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