The coronavirus pandemic has shaken and rearranged trade and supply chains in Miami-Dade County, home to PortMiami and Miami International Airport, global hubs for international trade. It has also pushed the country into an economic downturn, causing a collapse in demand for many products. But this enormous trade system — which includes importers, exporters, logistics firms, freight forwarders, warehouses, customs brokers, transporters and others — continues to function even as it deals with shortages of merchandise, demand spikes, business closings, import delays, sick employees, and the need to reduce personnel.
Thirty years ago, Armando Codina launched his first industrial real estate project in Miami.
Now, his daughter, Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, is leading the family-owned firm back into the warehouse industry with one of South Florida’s largest projects.
Brazil is by far Miami-Dade’s top trade partner, and Paraguay has long had freight ties.
But Commissioner Javier Souto, Aviation Director Lester Sola and PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla point to “tremendous” untapped potential for cargo growth with both.