Port of Wilmington receiving first banana shipment

first_img The North Carolina Ports says this shows their expanding role as a global supply chain gateway. These initial refrigerated shipments from Guatemala signal the start of a yearlong program commitment of weekly banana imports via the Port of Wilmington.“Today’s shipments mean fresh fruits will reach consumers faster and cheaper,” said Hans Bean, VP, Trade Development, NC Ports. “This represents major progress in our ability to service North Carolina’s significant grocery sector, several of which are having their headquarters and perishable distribution centers in NC.”When the bananas arrive, trucks will take them to distribution centers across the Carolinas.Related Article: Trump insists there’s more to Mexico deal than meets the eye“Bananas are the latest addition to North Carolina Ports’ expanding portfolio in the perishables industry,” said Brian Clark, NC Ports Chief Operating Officer. “Joint efforts with our customers, our cold chain partners and government agencies including CBP and USDA have helped facilitate these new produce flows via the preferred NC gateway of Wilmington. This will deliver benefits for produce customers, carriers and consumers with optimized routings and efficiencies through the Port of Wilmington.”The port says they also reached a monumental milestone in December, by becoming the first South Atlantic port to implement both phases of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program. The program allows for more direct imports of produce including blueberries, grapes, apples, pears and citrus.The port says this is another example of the Authority’s commitment to growing the movement of refrigerated cargo through Wilmington.“This expansion of produce imports is also a perfect complement to NC’s major refrigerated export base – meaning ocean carriers can optimize equipment flows while serving their global customers” added Bean.In addition to containerized refrigerated capacity, the port is also home to Port of Wilmington Cold Storage – one of only a few on-port cold storage facilities in the country. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the first time, bananas imported from Central America are arriving at the Port of Wilmington this week.- Advertisement – last_img

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