Port of Palm Beach
There are 4 CBP Agriculture Specialists and 34 CBP Officers currently assigned to the port of Palm Beach. These employees are assigned to airport passenger processing, seaport passenger processing, deferred inspections, and the Contraband Enofrcement Team.
The Port of Palm Beach is located 80 miles north of Miami and 135 miles south of Port Canaveral. The ship entrance is through an inlet channel 300 feet wide with no aerial obstructions leading into Lake Worth. Transit time is a short 20 minutes from the sea buoy to the docks, with operating drafts of drafts of minus 33 feet (MLW).
The Port of Palm Beach is the fourth busiest container port of Florida’s 14 deepwater ports and is the 18th busiest container port in the United States. In financial year 2010, the port moved over 213,000 20-foot container equivalent units.
The port also handles diesel fuel, molasses, liquid asphalt, and other bulk commodities. There is also substantial tonnage involved in the movement of heavy lift and project cargos. All of this happens in a port that has only 156 acres of land.
Unlike most ports in the United States, the Port of Palm Beach is an export port, with approximately 80% of its cargo being exported, with the subsequent improvement in the balance of trade. The majority of the exported cargo goes toward supporting the island nations of the Caribbean. The Port of Palm Beach supplies 60% of everything consumed in the Bahamas and is the essential lifeline to the rest of the Caribbean.
100% of the exported raw sugar that is produced in the Glades area, almost 900,000 tons, is shipped through the Port of Palm Beach.
Port of Palm Beach Stewards
Wayne Thibeault (Chief Steward)