Imports and exports through Miami International Airport (MIA) recorded a combined value of $67.5 billion in 2021, up 28 percent from 2020. The top categories were gold, jewelry, gems and flowers.
The MIA reported that air trade from that airport amounted to 95 percent of Florida’s total air trade value and 41 percent of the state’s air and sea trade combined.
MIA’s largest import category by value was gold, jewelry and gems, at $4.4 billion for a 9% increase, followed by flowers at nearly $1.6 billion, up 34% in value.
But flowers were the airport’s top import by weight last year with 32,.881 tons, up 39% by weight.
“Flower imports are currently in full bloom at MIA”
Flower imports are currently in full bloom at MIA, with the Florida Flower Importers Association projecting a 10% year-over-year increase in shipments before Mother’s Day on May 8 and MIA handling 89% of all flower imports to the U.S. by air.Miami International Airport
The largest export product by weight was vehicle parts and tires, which doubled in size from 18,703 tons in 2020 to 37,607 tons last year, while the top export by value was aviation/spacecraft parts at $6.5 billion, up 2%.
As for Q1 2022 figures, total cargo volume increased 8% year over year to 687,675 tons, with 552,371 tons coming from international traffic.
“International freight at MIA is up 5.4% year-to-date, while domestic freight is up 20.5%,” he specified.
MIA’s strong first quarter comes on the heels of the airport’s best year ever in several business categories. In 2021, MIA set a new annual record of 2.7 million tons of total cargo and two million metric tons of international cargo handled, to strengthen the global gateway’s position as the busiest airport in the U.S. and the ninth busiest airport in the world for international cargo.Enhanced Miami International Airport