agreement with Seville arranged during Spain trip
at the Port of Miami expect to sign a sister port agreement by April
with Spain's Port of Seville.
idea was finalized last week during a trip there led by Miami-Dade
County Mayor Alex Penelas, who plans to continue expanding the sister
agreements, said Trenae Floyd, spokeswoman for the Port of Miami,
"establish relationships with other ports, enabling the Port
of Miami to obtain information about their clients, fee structure,
marketing strategies, operations and future activities."
Ms. Floyd said, "it affords the Port of Miami the opportunity
to market itself in those regions surrounding the sister ports."
Floyd said the agreement did not include giving or receiving tax breaks,
higher quotas or lower tariffs.
of Miami's first sister program was signed in 1998, she said. To date,
sister port pacts are in place with port officials in Alicante, Santander,
La Coruna, Tenerife and Las Palmas in Spain; Madeira in Brazil; Dakar
in West Africa; and Marseille in France.
said the agreements stimulate the growth of the local economy.
promotes economic development because more trade between those countries
creates more jobs," Mr. Penelas said.
Floyd said the volume of cargo passing through Miami has gone up as
a result of previous agreements.
total tonnage of imports and exports increased 12.6% to $7.8 million
during the 1999-2000 fiscal year," she said. "The total
cargo increased 20%."
Penelas said establishing port agreements with Spain was also a way
to gain access to Europe. For companies in Spain, he said, Miami is
considered a key gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean.
is the No. 1 client doing business with the Port of Miami," said
Begoža Cristeto, trade commissioner of Spain in Miami. "We also
are the second-largest investors in Latin America."