Step one was PortMiami’s outreach to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). PortMiami Director Bill Johnson wrote a letter to Acting CBP Commissioner, Thomas Winkowski, dated June 26, 2013, asking CBP to develop a pilot program, “with a transshipment inspection protocol pilot for PortMiami.”
According to PortMiami’s letter to CBP Commission Winkowski, prior to 9-11, “transhipment made up over 22% of the cargo trade at PortMiami.” Now, that transshipment cargo goes through Panama, Freeport, and Kingston.
You may be asking, what’s the rationale for the move to other ports away from PortMiami? Continue Reading