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Miami International Airport: International Air Cargo Warehouse Hub

Miami International Airport (MIA) located in the heart of Miami-Dade County is the air cargo gateway to Latin America, and the number one airport for international freight in the United States. It’s hard to ignore this leading statistic and the implications for any major industry in the world. Manufacturing, produce, perishables, and the pharmaceutical industries view MIA as a necessary entry into the U.S. market, and a global access point to reach markets from Europe to Asia and down to South America. With regular service to 160 cities on four continents, MIA also has dedicated freighter service to 106 global destinations, meaning goods can reach most major cities and regions with passage through MIA. Because of MIA’s central location within Miami-Dade County and South Florida in general, it is perfectly situated as a convenient point-of-entry that puts imported industries as close to resources on the ground, as they are to anywhere in the world. Please visit their website at and/or call 305-876-7862 for more information.


Quick Access to Storage and Production Warehouses

Within a short distance from the tarmac at MIA is an expansive mix of aviation and logistical support, as well as more than 3,000 acres of buildings that include various sizes and varieties of standard warehouses, refrigerated warehouses, equipped storage for maintenance and manufacturing, as well as office space. Easy access to other business centers in the area including the Downtown and Brickell financial districts, and Miami’s Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs), as well as international cargo entry points such as PortMiami and Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale make MIA a prime international and domestic fright and cargo hub.


Pharmaceutical Freight Hub

In 2015, MIA was chosen as the first airport in the Western Hemisphere, and only the second in the world to be designated as a pharmaceutical freight hub by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This designation pins MIA as a trusted leader in the transport of the global pharmaceutical industry. With the official title from IATA, MIA has seen the transport of pharmaceutical imports jump 140% since 2010 to a total value of $4.4 billion in 2016. With worldwide access to major markets in Europe and Latin America, MIA’s pharmaceutical cargo expertise makes it a natural leader in the transport and logistics of one of the top industries internationally.


Ocean-to-Air Perishables Program

MIA is a main gateway for perishables into the U.S. In 2016, four out of the top five import commodities by value arriving through MIA were perishables. For these reasons, MIA has remained at the forefront of ensuring perishable products are transported with top-quality control in mind through the ocean-to-air perishables transshipment program, a first of its kind in the state of Florida. This program ensures that perishables arriving into PortMiami via cargo ships are quickly received and processed to be moved by air through MIA to destinations across North America and Europe. Almost immediate access to required warehouse refrigeration space within tariff-free areas such as the Miami Free Zone in Doral, give perishables industry leaders peace-of-mind when shipping products through the ocean-to-air program between MIA and PortMiami.


Major Markets & Continued Improvements

Though Latin America still reigns as the top market for air imports into MIA at 83% of total imports, there has been massive growth recently with Middle Eastern, European, and Asian carriers. Middle Eastern carriers alone have seen a growth of 114% year-over-year, European freight has grown by 11.7%, and Asian cargo by 10%. With continued security and infrastructure improvements to ensure that cargo is handled properly, these numbers will only increase with more freighter flights being added each year.

MIA is at the forefront of the air cargo revival, and is a necessary logistical and transport hub for any major industry seeking to do business in the United States, Latin America, and beyond. With a centralized location close to warehousing, business centers, and manufacturing facilities and logistical support, Miami International Airport has helped put Miami and South Florida on the map as a global leader in the import and export of pharmaceuticals, perishables, and other internationally traded goods and products.

If you are interested in warehouses for lease or purchase near Miami International Airport, please contact the ComReal Miami Warehouse Team at 305-710-5593 and/or visit Thank you very much.



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