Located in the middle of a privileged geographic position along the Mona Passage, a main shipping route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Panama Canal, the Port of the Americas has the capacity to become the next world-class international transshipment port for carrying out value-added activities.
The Port of the Americas is located in the city of Ponce on the southern coast of Puerto Rico, along the Caribbean Sea. Ponce is the island’s second largest city by population. Designed and built to be a modern, state-of-the-art, containerized import/export and transshipment cargo facility, the Port currently features features:
The capacity to serve Panamax and Post-Panamax vessels
A modern Post-Panamax berth with a 50-ft. (15.24-meter) berth
Two Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes
A new container yard with a capacity of up to 500,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) per year
Over 300 acres of government-controlled land, occupied by the Port and by areas designated for future development
A nearby Regional Distribution Center consisting of 5 modern buildings with a total of 532,343.17 square feet.
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Featuring an advanced, state-of-the-art transportation network and facilities to support every aspect of the Port’s operations, Puerto Rico hosts one of the most modern Logistics & Transportation industries in the entire region, be it air, sea, or land.
Puerto Rico’s air access is by far the best in the Caribbean, making the island the main gateway to the region. Puerto Rico has 11 airports, 3 of which have direct service to the United States mainland. San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) serves as the regional hub, handles 4,300 cargo flights per month and over 1,800 weekly flights from more than 20 airlines. It provides direct service to more than 20 domestic cities and many international destinations in the Caribbean, North America, South America, and Europe.
The island’s second international airport, Mercedita Airport (PSE), is located very close to the Port of the Americas in the city of Ponce. Also close is Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) in the west coast city of Aguadilla. BQN serves as an important air cargo hub, future home to Lufthansa Technik maintenance repair and overhaul facilities, and is the first airport in Puerto Rico to be appointed as a free trade zone by the Foreign Trade Zone Board (FTZB) under the United States Department of Commerce. This designation has significantly impacted the region with economic benefits, including tariff and tax exemptions for companies operating within the area. Learn more about Foreign Trade Zones.
In addition, international carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL, as well as the United States Postal Service offer airfreight services, including next day door-to-door delivery.
Overall, Puerto Rico has three main state-of-the-art port facilities in San Juan, Ponce, and Mayagüez. The Port of San Juan has the largest cruise ship harbor in the Eastern Caribbean and is the main harbor for several cruise ship companies. By sea, Puerto Rico is only 3-4 days away from most ports in the East coast of the United States, 10 days from the West coast, and 14 days away from Europe.
Over 24,000 miles of highway make any given point in Puerto Rico no more than two hours away from any airport or seaport in the island. Puerto Rico has an extensive road system with a main freeway that crosses the North coast from San Juan to Arecibo, and another that links the cities of San Juan and Ponce through the Central mountain range. Another important freeway goes from San Juan to the town of Canóvanas in the Northeast.
Puerto Rico can be highly competitive in the Logistics & Transportation industry. By investing in this sector, multinational firms position themselves to better facilitate the flow of goods between Europe and the Americas, and between North and South America. International and domestic companies in this industry benefit from a highly skilled workforce, relatively low regulatory burdens and 4% fix corporate tax rate for exportation of services from the new Export Services Act No. 20 of 2012.
Firms offer expedited, time-sensitive, and end-to-end services for documents, small parcels, and high-value items. EDS firms also provide the infrastructure for many exporters, particularly small and medium-sized businesses that cannot afford to operate their own supply chain.
This subsector includes inbound and outbound transportation management, fleet management, warehousing, materials handling, order fulfillment, logistics network design, inventory management, supply and demand planning, third-party logistics management, and other support services. Logistics services are involved at all levels in the planning and execution of the movement of goods.
This subsector includes carriers, seaports, terminals, and labor involved in the movement of cargo and passengers by water. Water transportation carries about 78% of US exports by tonnage via US and foreign-flag carriers.
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Many favorable conditions come together in Puerto Rico to make the All-Star Island a premier location for business, investment, and development. We call this our Five-Point Business Star:
Highly skilled bilingual professionals in all areas of business.
The entire island is strategically located, well connected and equipped with first-rate services.
A package of incentives and credits to make your business venture more profitable.
Puerto Rico is home to many global corporations from many kinds of industries.
Enjoy all the legal benefits and protections of doing business in the United States.Learn more about our Five-Point Business Star.
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