Trade Mission to Panama and Miami

The Maritime/Logistic trade Mission to Panama will take place from April 12 to 15, 2015 and will be headed by the Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman. As an additional program a Trade Mission to Miami will be organized from April 16 to 17, 2015.

Companies of the maritime and logistic sector of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten are invited to register. This is your chance to discover the business opportunities that booming Panama and Miami offers.


Panama: building the logistic hub

Panama is becoming the logistic hub for the LATAM region and it is the fastest growing Latin American economy. The expansion of the Panama Canal is almost finished; the Canal will have tripled its capacity in 2016, providing access to ships of up to 13.500 TEU. Panama already has 2 of the top 3 LATAM container ports. New investments are emerging: a new container terminal will be build and existing ones expanded. A Roll on Roll off terminal, a ship-yard, and a LNG-terminal are being planned.

Moreover, investments will be made in the logistic sector to attract more Value-Added Logistics Services to Panama. Already, international companies such as: 3M, Nestlé, and Caterpillar have established their regional distribution centres in Panama. More multinationals are following. Further investments in (port) infrastructure, airports, intermodal transportation systems, and logistic parks are expected.


Miami as growing logistics player in the region

South Florida and in particular Miami have had a huge economic growth. South Florida has several international airports and seaports, 1300 Logistic providers, about 1200 commercial enterprises. Big multinationals have located their headquarters for the Latin American Market in Miami, from which the financial and logsitics is handled. Examples are Porsche, Dole, Apple, Oracle, IBM, Burger King, AIG, American Airlines and FedEx Express. Big international and American banks have located an office in Miami especially for the Latin market.

Florida’s logsitics and distribution industry is poised to grow further with the expansion of the Panama Canal and numerous infrastructure developments and upgrades are underway around Miami, as well at seaports and airports. Miami calls itself the Gateway to the Americas.



These investments make this mission appealing for companies from the following industries:

  • Maritime infrastructure and logistics; port development, shipbuilding, off-shore
  • Land-based logistics and infrastructure; rail and truck services
  • Air-based logistics; passenger- and cargo services and intermodal logistics
  • Support systems for logistic services
  • Water management  


The program

The mission to Panama will be organised in the framework of the Panama Maritime World Conference & Exhibition. This exposition will attract the main players of the maritime and logistic sector. Companies participating in the mission will have a Netherlands’ Kingdom Lounge in the Exhibition and can opt for an individual stand. The trade-mission will also feature a tailor made matchmaking program, network events, high-level meetings, and seminars.

Prime Minister Eman of Aruba will lead the business delegation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He is a  charismatic, and energetic political leader who is well known in the LATAM region. He will be able to open doors and promote the expertise of the private sector of the Kingdom on a high level.

Your business can best be represented on the level of regional business manager, country/area manager or general manager.


Registration and Price

The fee to join the mission is € 750,- (including international exposure of your company in the Netherlands’ Kingdom Lounge and participation in the conference in Panama). Individual stands will cost € 3.100,-. No additional costs are charges to the mission to Miami. The fee excludes travel, accommodation and personal expenses.

You can register for this mission by sending an e-mail to For more information please contact: Jennie van Haren: or call the Embassy at +507 280 6667. After registration you are invited for an intake meeting.

For more information or questions regarding the visit to Miami please contact Barbara Staals at or call the Consulate General in Miami Embassy at +1 786 866 0492.

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