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The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD), in partnership with Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. (FCBF) and Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC), co-sponsored a Security and Theft Prevention Seminar on February 8 for close to 100 local cargo owners, warehouse operators, customs brokers, freight forwarders and carriers who operate cargo through Miami International Airport. The seminar, held at Miami Dade College’s West Campus, helped attendees learn best practices regarding cargo logistics and eliminating security vulnerabilities from the supply chain process.

Participants also learned the latest cargo theft trends and what actions have been taken recently to deter criminal activity at MIA, the busiest U.S. airport for international freight. Seminar speakers included industry experts such as: MDAD Chief of Staff Joseph F. Napoli; MDAD Assistant Aviation Director and Chief Security Officer Mark O. Hatfield, Jr.; MDAD Assistant Director for Facilities Management and Engineering Carlos E. José; Miami-Dade Police Department Airport District Lieutenant Antonio Rodriguez; and Transportation Security Administration Assistant Federal Security Director Juan D. Salgado.

Maintaining the safety and security of our passengers, property, and business operations will always be our highest priority. We are investing heavily in facility improvements to meet the growing needs of our cargo partners and to remain America’s cargo gateway to the world.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González

In 2016, MDAD launched a multi-million dollar facility improvement program at MIA that includes new surveillance cameras and lighting throughout the airport’s cargo area to improve already vigilant security monitoring, situational awareness, crime deterrence, and overall safety of MIA and cargo partner property. The Department has also developed the Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion (CORE) Program, a long-term concept to modernize MIA’s existing cargo operation and double its capacity.

Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s third-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, transportation and more, visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.