The United States is Jamaica's main trading partner. In addition, Jamaica was South Florida's 28th largest trading partner and Florida's 32nd largest trading partner in 2008. Florida's top exports to Jamaica include electric supplies, computers, motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, bird eggs, and construction machinery. Florida's top imports from Jamaica include textiles, ethyl alcohol, fruit, beer made from malt, water and seafood. There is currently 1 Jamaican company in Broward County.
Trade Numbers (2008)
| South Florida's Total Exports to Jamaica
|| $US 693 million|
| South Florida's Total Imports from Jamaica
|| $US 179 million|
| Total Trade between South Florida and Jamaica
|| $US 872 million|
| Florida's Merchandise Exports from Jamaica
|| $US 787.8 million|
| Florida's Merchandise Imports from Jamaica
|| $US 209.3 million|
| Total Merchandise Trade between Florida and Jamaica
|| $US 997 million|
Source for South Florida Data: Miami Trade Numbers 2009 (Primary data: U.S. Census Bureau)
Source for Florida Data: Enterprise Florida, Marketing and Strategic Intelligence Department (Primary data: U.S. Census Bureau)
Jamaica Trade Mission June 8-9, 2004
• Jamaica End of Mission Report 2004 (PDF)
Jamaica Trade Mission June 18-19, 2003
Mayor Wasserman-Rubin and a delegation of county representatives visited Jamaica on June 18-19, 2003. Members of the delegation included Deborah Wilkinson (Office of Economic Development), Manuel Altmira (Port Everglades), Ed Nelson (Airport) and Albert Tucker (Convention and Visitors Bureau).
The purpose of this mission was to develop a stronger relationship with the Caribbean island through the support and guidance of the United States Embassy in Jamaica and Ambassador Sue Cobb. Mayor Wasserman-Rubin and Ambassador Cobb pledged their mutual support for the Building Bridges Program, an initiative to promote trade and commerce between Jamaica and Florida.
Broward County hosted the Building Bridges Trade Fair and Exhibition on June 8-9, 2004 at the Broward County Convention Center. Meetings with Jamaica included private sessions with PSOJ, JAMPRO and AmCham.
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