Bringer Lines Brings Broward to Brazil -- Manaus Memorandum of Understanding Benefits International

Broward County Commissioners will formally welcome ocean shipping company Bringer Lines and its partner, "K" Lines, to Port Everglades at the regularly scheduled weekly meeting on Tuesday, January 13, at 10 a.m. in the Commission Chambers, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 422, Fort Lauderdale.

Bringer Lines, a Miami-based air and ocean shipping company, began service from Port Everglades to the Amazon region of Brazil in November. It is the first direct ocean containerized-cargo service between South Florida and Manaus, Brazil.

"We have been working for years to establish direct trade between Broward and Manaus, Brazil," said Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin. "This new service makes trade with Manaus a reality and advances our business relationships in Brazil."

In 2002, Commissioner Wasserman-Rubin brought the two communities together to sign the Manaus Memorandum of Understanding, an informal agreement that paved the way for future trade.

Commissioners Wasserman-Rubin and Josephus Eggelletion, Jr. have traveled to Brazil on separate trade missions with Port Everglades representatives and the Broward County Office of Economic Development to stimulate international trade and bring shipping service to South Florida.

"We want to capitalize on the tremendous trade opportunities available in Brazil, and in particular in Manaus because of the free trade zone there and Foreign-Trade Zone No. 25 located at Port Everglades," said Commissioner Eggelletion.

Partnered with "K" Line, a Japan-based shipping line, Bringer Lines provides a bi-weekly service between the U.S. East Coast and the Amazon region of Brazil. Future plans call for weekly service. Ports of call for the service include Savannah, Port Everglades, Manaus, and Vila do Conde.

Brazil ranks as one of Florida's top trading partners, according to Enterprise Florida, Florida's primary organization devoted to statewide economic development. During 2007, approximately $13 billion worth of merchandise was exported and imported between Florida and Brazil. Brazil is one of the top 10 trading partners for Port Everglades, generating approximately 400,000 tons of containerized cargo annually.

Port Everglades is Florida's No. 1 container port and is ranked as the 11th busiest container seaport in the United States according to the PIERS import/export database. A world-class cargo handling facility, Port Everglades serves as the ideal point of entry for products shipped to and from Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and the Far East. Port Everglades has direct access to the interstate highway system, is within two miles of the FEC rail hub and is just one mile from the Atlantic Shipping Lanes. Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades will have the ability to handle the Port's growing container traffic.

More information about Broward County's Port Everglades is available at www.broward.org/port or by calling toll-free in the United States 1-800-421-0188 or emailing PortEvergladesCargo@broward.org .