Unlike most ports, the Port of Palm Beach also handles exports, with approximately 80 percent of its cargo being exported, creating a positive trade balance. The majority of the exported cargo supports the island nations of the Caribbean. The Port of Palm Beach supplies 60 percent of everything consumed in the Bahamas and is an essential lifeline to the rest of the Caribbean. The Port also exports nearly 1 billion tons of raw sugar produced in the Belle Glade region.
The Port of Palm Beach is poised to be a key link to the opening of Cuba for trade and tourism, with immediate potential for cruise ship activity and longer term commercial ventures as negotiations between the United States and Cuba proceed.