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cargoWorkers loading cargo, November 1983. City of Miami Collection, HistoryMiami, CM-1- 14473.

Miami has been a leader in the international air cargo field since the beginnings of aviation. The city’s success and performance in air cargo derives its proximity for shipping to and from Latin America and the Caribbean and the extensive infrastructure put in place at the Miami International Airport Depot during World War II. The war-surplus of warehouses and trained personnel made Miami’s explosive growth in post-war international air cargo possible. After adding European routes in the 1970s, Miami became an intercontinental hub, shipping two million tons of international air cargo in 2010 alone.

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