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Port Manatee Opens Trade Office In Chile

Santiago, Chile skyline
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Port Manatee's Chile office is located in Santiago, the country's capital and largest city.

Port Manatee has opened an office in Chile. The South American nation is one of the state's top trading partners. Chile and Florida exchanged nearly $8 billion worth of  goods in 2018, according to Enterprise Florida.

Top imports to Florida include copper, fish, wine, and fruit juice. Cars, data processors, and aircraft parts are some of the biggest exports the Sunshine State sends Chile's way. 

Port Manatee CEO Carlos Buqueras says the new office will create more trade.

"It's an outreach for foreign direct investments to Manatee County. It's also for outbound exports or trade missions that might want to explore Chilean opportunities," he said.

Port Manatee also operates trade missions in Spain and Colombia. An outpost in Argentina will open later this year.