Port of Palm Beach District
The Port of Palm Beach is a full-service diversified landlord port located in Riviera Beach, Florida. The port and its dozens of tenants continue to be a powerful engine for economic development and job creation; employing more than 3,800 people in the South Florida region and the state. Its efficiency is unparalleled, processing more than $14 billion in commodities, with food being the port’s primary export commodity. Almost 80% of all goods passing through the port are exported, making the Port of Palm Beach one of only 16 “Export Ports” in the country. More than 2.5 million tons of cargo move through the Port of Palm Beach every year. All of this, despite the fact the Port is only 165 acres in size. The port is an independent special taxing district, a sub-division of the State of Florida governed by five elected commissioners. The Port of Palm Beach District has statutory authority to levy ad valorem millage taxes, but has not done so in more than 47 years. The Port of Palm Beach is an important distribution center for commodities shipped all over the world, especially the Caribbean Basin. Operations include containerized, dry bulk, liquid bulk, break-bulk, Ro/Ro and heavy-lift/project cargoes. Additionally, the port has provided a foreign-trade zone to the region since 1987, which encompasses both port and private sector sites. It consistently ranks as the fourth busiest container port of Florida’s 15 seaports.