Chiquita Still Moving Bananas Through Port of Gulfport

Chiquita Still Moving Bananas Through Port of Gulfport

HP0327Chiquita Brands International Inc. is still moving containers through the Port of Gulfport even after relocating its shipping operations to the Port of New Orleans.

The (Biloxi, Miss.) Sun Herald reports congestion in New Orleans is keeping the Charlotte, N.C.-based Chiquita operating in the Mississippi port.

After a 40-year absence, Chiquita in October returned to the Port of New Orleans.

Chiquita had planned to end its containerized goods handling at Gulfport by December 31, but Gulfport tenant Crowley Maritime Corp. Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., was still shipping northbound Chiquita produce containers into the port, according to the Sun Herald.

Gulfport director said the two ports are working to “alleviate congestion issues at the port of New Orleans,” according to the report.

Chiquita’s transition to New Orleans remains on schedule and Chiquita was expected to continue moving some cargo through Gulfport while the New Orleans port makes improvements, a New Orleans port official said in the report.

For Chiquita, the New Orleans port planned to invest $2.2 million in improvements in refrigerated-container electrical infrastructure and at a distribution and ripening facility leased to Chiquita.  Imported bananas provide huge volume from Chiquita throughout North America.