BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward County’s Port Everglades has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Honduras National Port Authority (Empresa Nacional Portuaria de Honduras), as part of its Sister Seaport Program. Honduras is the Port’s largest trading partner by volume, number one in total TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Port Everglades ranked as the number one port in the United States for trade with Honduras, among the 450-plus U.S. ports and airports, with over $2.12 billion worth of goods moving through the port.
The MOU outlines joint initiatives the two parties may undertake and states that it is within “their mutual interest to establish an alliance of cooperation aimed at facilitating international trade and generating new business by promoting the all-water routes between” Port Everglades and Honduran seaports.
Key joint initiatives will include:
- Marketing activities
- Market studies
- Modernization and improvements
Steven M. Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director, and Gerardo Martinez, General Manager for the Honduras National Port Authority, cosigned the documents. Following the signing, Port Everglades Business Development Manager Robert Barcelo and representatives from the Honduras National Port Authority discussed opportunities for information sharing.
About Port Everglades
As one of Florida’s leading economic powerhouses, Broward County’s Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Consistently ranked among the top three busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades is also one of the nation’s leading container ports and South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels. For more information on Port Everglades, visit porteverglades.net or e-mail PortEverglades@broward.org.
About Honduras National Port Authority (Empresa Nacional Portuaria de Honduras)
The National Port Authority of Honduras is the institution of Government authorized to operate all the seaports in the country, such advantage makes us competitive, with a model of port development that allows us to offer better infrastructure and logistics through Private public partnerships that have allowed us to streamline the time and achieve regional competitiveness standards, positioning us as the most important port in the Central American Region.
The Honduras National Port Authority is the gateway for international trade, having operations in the Atlantic Ocean in Puerto Cortes and Puerto Castilla and in the Pacific, with port of San Lorenzo, which allows us to receive goods of all the world. At the moment this region is being integrated into a single Customs Authority with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. This integration will make this region the 7th largest economy in America. The union will drive Honduras and its ports to increase the region’s largest investment in logistic infrastructure.
Currently we are an institution that generated operating income of approximately L.540 million (approx. U$26,606,548) in FY 2018 (January to December 2018). We currently generate more than 1,500 direct jobs and approximately 4,000 indirect. For more information about Empresa Nacional Portuaria, visit www.enp.hn.
DATE: December 3, 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy, Assistant Director
Business Development Division/Communications