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MIA hosts first workshop to plan e-commerce strategy

More than 30 industry leaders discussed how to leverage online retail boom

On January 11, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) officials met with more than 30 local air cargo industry stakeholders for its first strategy workshop, with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs.

As America’s busiest airport for international freight, with more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, Miami International Airport is uniquely poised to leverage the e-commerce boom responsible for $1.85 trillion in worldwide sales in 2016 – a figure that is projected to double in the next four years. Market research firm eMarketer forecasts Latin America to be a strong e-commerce growth region during that span, with a projected doubling of annual sales from $47.4 billion in 2015 to $84.8 billion in 2019.

Additionally, MIA’s overall trade with Asia – the world’s e-commerce leader at more than $1 trillion in sales annually – has grown 40 percent in value from $4.8 billion in 2011 to $6.7 billion in 2016.

I appreciate the MIA team for leading the charge to make Miami-Dade County not only the e-commerce hub of the Americas, but a global leader as well in one of the world’s largest growth industries.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez

Local representatives from cargo carriers and industry advocacy groups heard presentations from e-commerce experts and participated in break-out sessions, to gain a better understanding of e-commerce trends, regulations, challenges and potential collaborative opportunities. At the close of the workshop, MDAD Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli invited attendees to move the initiative forward through the creation of an e-commerce task force, which will hold its first meeting before the end of February.

As the cargo gateway of the Americas, and given our increasing trade growth with leading e-commerce regions like Asia and Europe, MIA is perfectly positioned to become an e-commerce powerhouse. We look forward to collaborating with our task force partners to develop and implement a strategy that capitalizes on this seismic shift in the air cargo industry.
Miami-Dade Aviation Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli

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.