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AmCham Shanghai Hosts Port of Miami
Date: January 13, 2014

On January 9, AmCham Shanghai hosted Port of Miami Director Bill Johnson and President of the World Trade Center Miami Charlotte Gallogly for a briefing on the latest developments of the Panama Canal expansion. Johnson said the Port of Miami is undergoing some US$2 billion in investment and development to be completed on or before the same time as the Panama Canal improvements in 2015. Johnson noted that 20 percent of the Port of Miami’s business is conducted with China or companies based in China, the largest of any single country the Port serves. The Port of Miami has a sister-port relationship with the Port of Shanghai that began six and a half years ago.

Johnson added that Miami receives 100 million visitors per year and is the busiest cruise ship port in the world. It is also the home to some 450 MNC Latin American headquarters, with 55 percent of its container trade going to South America or the Caribbean. Miami is the third largest financial center in the United States, with 70 percent of Miami’s residents being foreign-born speaking and 13 different languages of instruction are provided in area schools.

AmCham Shanghai’s SME Center will be working closely with the Port of Miami to list relevant projects and links to the Port of Miami. For more information, contact the SME Center at

Click here  for a copy of the presentation from the event.

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