South Florida is the ninth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States, the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United State, and the largest metropolitan area in Florida. Its population of 6.14 million, exceeds 31 of the nation’s states as of 2022. It comprises the three most populated counties in the state, Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County, which rank as the first, second, and third-most populous counties in the state, respectively.

The most relevant transportation and logistics infrastructure of this area are the ports of Miami and Port Everglades, Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Miami highway and railway networks and a massive warehousing capacity totaling 470 million SF (Square Feet), 56% in Miami-Dade, 30% in Broward, and 14% in Palm Beach, according to ComReal Q1 2023 market report.

Miami’s location in the most southeastern part of the continental USA makes it a strategic spot for incoming cargo from Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. It is also one of the most convenient entry points for goods coming from western Europe. This geographical advantage has forced the government and business community to create a robust transportation infrastructure to service the demand. Major companies including PROMPTUS call Miami home, offering a range of transportation and logistics services. E-commerce giants have also set up shop in Miami, cementing its status as a global logistics hub.

Miami’s Transportation Infrastructure

Miami’s transportation infrastructure to support the international commerce is one of the most robust in the world. As mentioned above the area has a major international airport, two deep-water ports, and a well-developed network of highways and railways.

  • Miami International Airport (MIA) holds the 10th position in terms of busiest airports in the United States and it is number 1 in Florida. MIA served over 50 million passengers in 2022 and it is “the leader in the Americas in international freight and the world’s largest gateway to Latin America & the Caribbean. MIA controls the north / south cargo flow in the Western Hemisphere handling 85% of all air imports and 80% of all exports from the Latin American / Caribbean region. MIA serves as the hub for distribution of perishable products, hi-tech commodities, telecommunications equipment, textiles, pharmaceuticals and industrial machinery”.
  • The Port of Miami is one the busiest ports in the United States ranking number 13th in TEU’s handled in 2020 (US Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics). It is also one of the busiest cruise passenger ports in the US with over 5 million passengers each year.

    For the seventh consecutive year, ‘PortMiami’ has surpassed the 1 million TEU mark and this past year hit just over the 1.25 million TEU mark.

  • Port Everglades ranked no. 16 for TEU’s handled in 2020. During 2022 PEV handled 1.1 million TEU’s. The top 5 commodities handled during 2022 at PEV (for both import and exports) were: Apparel with 51,125 TEU’s, Furniture with 47,691, Beverages with 42,601, Steel Products 33,835 and Machinery 33,808.
  • Miami’s highway network includes 2 major interstates: I-95, I-75, and a vital intrastate speedway “the Florida Turnpike” that stretches from U.S. Route 1 in Florida City, running through Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, to its northern end at Interstate 75 south of Ocala. The city also has a well-developed network of state and local highways.
  • Miami’s Freight Railway Network. The rail freight system in South Florida is dominated by two companies, CSX Corporation and FEC (Florida East Coast railway). CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation suppliers. The company’s rail and intermodal businesses provide rail-based transportation services including traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers.

    Overall, the CSX Transportation network encompasses about 20,000 route miles of track in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Our transportation network serves some of the largest population centers in the nation. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live within CSX’s service territory.
    In the same note FEC provides rail and logistics solutions from its strategic, exclusive partnerships with PortMiami, Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale), Port of Palm Beach and motor carriers.

    The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is a Class II regional railroad that owns all of the 351-mile mainline track from Jacksonville, FL down to Miami. It is the exclusive rail provider for PortMiami, Port Everglades and Port of Palm Beach.

Other Perks for Logistics Companies to Call Miami Home

Miami metro area is home to numerous leading logistics companies that offer a diverse array of services, which include warehousing, distribution, and freight forwarding. it is also a significant center for e-commerce. Many of the world’s largest online retailers have warehouses and distribution centers in the city. This is because Miami’s strategic location and transportation infrastructure make it an ideal place to distribute goods to customers in North and South America. Another attractive perk is Miami’s good business climate with low taxes and no state income tax.

Promptus is a freight forwarder, NVOCC, and a licensed Customs Broker and our home here, the international trade hub of Miami, Florida.

Call us today at 1-877-776-6799 or write to info@promptus.us for all your logistics needs.