Cargo/Port Services

International trade continues to expand. This expansion has allowed ports, harbor operations, and intermodal transportation to grow.

Port businesses need to assess how to stay competitive and capitalize on the increase in business opportunities resulting from more cargo arriving in local ports. Significant changes in U.S. policy toward trade with other countries, such as Cuba, also affect businesses that conduct international commerce.

At Shutts & Bowen, our attorneys can assist our clients with the legal and business opportunities available as a result of this growth. We counsel cargo and petroleum companies as well as port service businesses with contracts, financing, corporate law, international commerce, sales, trade and disputes.

We also help our clients establish solid business relationships with government officials and decision makers. Our attorneys include a former county commissioner and a member of the board of the Port Everglades Association. They also include experienced government law attorneys who have served as former general counsel to the House of Representatives and the Florida Governor. With this administrative and governmental law background, in addition to a network of attorneys in maritime, real estate, tax, public finance and litigation, our attorneys counsel port-related businesses and business owners on commercial matters.

Representative Clients

  • Importers
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Cargo companies
  • Petroleum companies
  • Post-service businesses
  • Dock services
  • Marinas
  • Cruise lines
  • Port authorities

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