Long before the morning traffic began, the construction projects at nearby expressways broke ground, or many of the thousands of international businesses now residing in the City of Doral arrived, there really wasn’t much besides the Miami Free Zone and a handful of logistics providers out in what was once simply referred to as the “Miami Airport West” area.
Founded in 1979, and for many years considered one of the largest privately owned and operated Foreign Trade Zones in the Americas, Miami Free Zone continues to be a constant presence in the international trade arena, playing a leading role in promoting trade and commerce in South Florida. After more than three decades of service, today, Miami Free Zone is not only as active and efficient as ever, but also providing increasingly comprehensive resources to the international trade community.
In 2014, Miami Free Zone had the honor of impacting the local community by being home to more than 100 companies (including logistics providers, business promotion agencies, wholesalers, etc.) with more than 900 employees reporting to our facilities, receiving over 150 business visitors a day, and hosting over 60 international trade events annually welcoming business, diplomatic, and student delegations from all around the globe. Additionally, as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ #32), Miami Free Zone keeps setting the regional standard for efficiency and high compliance FTZ operations, allowing users to operate with ease and confidence while lowering costs related to international trade. In 2014, the FTZ processed international transactions close to the $1 billion mark with merchandise being imported from over 65 countries and exported to over 80 countries.
From our early beginnings in what was once just an undeveloped parcel “west of the airport,” it is a proud moment to see how after 36 years of dedication, this local landmark has become a truly comprehensive international business center and a leading example for Foreign trade Zones across the country.