Port-Manatee Crane photo

Located in the eastern Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Tampa Bay, SeaPort Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal – providing shippers with speedy access to Pacific Rim market

The port and its partners move more than 10 million tons of containerized, breakbulk, bulk, and project cargo each year including fresh produce, forestry products, petroleum products, citrus juice products, fertilizer, steel, aluminum, automobiles, cement, aggregate and more.

SeaPort Manatee is Fresh Del Monte Produce’s second-largest U. S. port facility and is also the Southeast’s leading forestry product importer.

As a leading economic engine, SeaPort Manatee adds more than $5.1 billion dollars annually in regional economic impact and supports more than 37,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Mission Statement

The mission of Port Manatee is to be a powerful catalyst of countywide economic growth and hub of trade-related activity, by developing diversified and competitive deepwater shipping facilities and conducting maritime-related activities in a profitable and environmentally responsible manner.

Adopted in open session June 19, 1996