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Eastern Shipping Points: A Look at Loadings

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It certainly isn’t that good, but here are your best bets for fresh produce loading opportunities in the Eastern Time Zone.


It is Florida hands down, but even here you are looking at multiple pickups and multiple drops in most cases.

Nearly 750 truckload equivalents of Florida tomatoes are being shipped weekly. This is mostly the mature greens, with much smaller volumes found with grape (cherry) and plum tomatoes.

Strawberries from the Plant City, FL area are averaging about 575 truckload equivalents a week. There are modest amounts of fresh grapefruit and oranges, with even smaller amounts of other citrus amounting to around 475 truckload equivalents weekly.

There also are lesser amounts of cabbage, sweet corn as well as a new crop of red potatoes just getting underway.

Florida produce shipments primarily from central and southern areas – grossing about $3200 to New York City.

Port of Philadelphia

Chilean fruit arrivals by boat at Philadelphia are averaging around 750 truckloads a week. This consists mostly of table grapes although there are some peaches, plums and nectarines.


Not much here except apples from the Grand Rapids area in the western part of the state, as well as some onions.

North Carolina

Sweet potatoes by shippers mostly in the Eastern part of the state are averaging over 200 truckloads a week.

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Peruvian Grape Exports to U.S. Continue to Soar

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Imported Peruvian grapes arriving at the Port of Philadelphia has skyrocketed since 2012, when 1,000 tons of the fruit entered Philly port facilities.

The season for Peruvian grape exports is October through March.

By 2016, that number totalled 30,000 tons compared to 52,000 in 2017 and has been 60,000 tons, and more, in 2018 and 2019.

Port figures reveal fresh and dried grapes account for around 28 percent of the Peruvian freight tonnage shipped to Philadelphia. The fruit is second only to Peruvian oil from petrol and bitum mineral.

Peru’s third-largest product into Philadelphia is fresh or dried dates, figs, pineapples and avocados. This accounts for about 15 percent of the volume. That volume has ranged between 8,000 and 12,000 tons per year since 2013.

Coming in third are onions, shallots garlic and leaks with volume ranging between 4,000 and 7,000 tons per year since 2015.

There was no volume coming into Philadelphia in 2012.

Citrus accounts for roughly 10 percent of Peru’s ocean freight volume into Philadelphia. Bananas and plantains are a much smaller percentage.

Other fresh produce received in Philadelphia from Peru includes blueberries, tangerines, pomegranates, lemons, artichokes, asparagus and peppers.

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PhilaPort Reports Surge in Cargo at Philadelphia

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AA4As the the port of Philadelphia’s $392 million Main Channel Deepening Project approaches completion, cargo volumes in the port are surging, according to PhilaPort.

In 2017 container cargoes grew by 19 percent, leading all ports on the Atlantic seaboard. The growth is especially significant since the port is busy implementing its $300 million capital improvement plan.

 “We have a lot of exciting developments all occurring at the same time; record cargo growth, preparation for the deepened channel and the arrival of our new cranes,” said Jeff Theobald, executive director and chief executive officer of PhilaPort.  “It’s all very good news and we want to make sure we support the surge in cargo with proper training and landside and infrastructure improvements.”

The first two of a total of four super post-Panamax cranes are due soon at the port’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. Ocean carriers are already supporting the growth by scheduling Ultra Large Container Vessels to call the port.  Several 11,000 TEU vessels started calling PAMT in December and 12,200 TEU vessels are expected in the coming days.  Recently the board of directors of the port of Philadelphia granted funds to the Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware to train for these new class of vessels 12,000–14,000 TEUs.

The long-anticipated completion of the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project from 40 to 45 feet is drawing to a close.  In March, the port expects announcements on a phased approach, which will allow vessels to utilize increased arrival and departure draft depth.

PhilaPort, the port of Philadelphia, is an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged with the management, maintenance, marketing and promotion of publicly-owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district. PhilaPort works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospect port users.  Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania.

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$300 Million Upgrade Coming to Philadelphia Port

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phillyportA $300 million upgrade is coming to The Port of Philadelphia for upgrading  its infrastructure, warehousing and equipment.  Fresh produce is a major beneficiary of the improvements.

“Absolutely. It’s one of our key commodities we handle at the port,” said Sean Mahoney, marketing director for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. “We’re known for refrigeration, and we want to upgrade.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced the project, which will include about a $200 million investment in the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal — the port’s primary container terminal.

“The place we’ve always continually handled fruit and produce is Packer Avenue,” Mahoney said.

The plans call for doubling the cargo-handling capacity at the terminal, which already is the port’s busiest.

Container-handling capacity will increase, with a 900,000 20-foot-equivalent (TEU) capacity immediately resulting from the improvements, scalable to exceed 1.2 million TEU capacity in the future, a significant improvement over the terminal’s current 400,000-plus TEU capacity.

The Philadelphia port has long been known for handling Chilean fruit, and now it is expanding its presence for other countries such as Peru.  This is resulting in a shift from the old form of shipping from break bulk to more containers.  The increased port capacity will reflect this trend.

Construction will continue through 2020, leading to a doubling of container capacity, increasing efficiency and allowing an opportunity for future growth.

“This capital investment program will give the Port of Philadelphia the tools it needs to improve its competitive position and create thousands of family-sustaining, middle class jobs while increasing state revenues,” Wolf said in a news release.

A total direct job increase of 70 percent is projected from the current level of 3,124 to a projected 5,378 direct jobs.  Total employment at the port will grow from 10,341 to 17,020.

The improvements at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s primary container facility, will occur at about the time that the Delaware Main Channel Deepening Project, which is deepening the Port’s main shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet, will be completed.

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Mexico to Philly Boat Service is Set by Sealand

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DSCN3832+1Weekly boat shipments between the Mexican ports of Veracruz and Altamira and the port of Philadelphia have been scheduled by Miramar, Fla.-based SeaLand  of Miramar, FL.

The service will provide  goods such as avocados, lemons and tomatoes, according to a Sealand news release.   It is geared for producers and exporters of perishable goods to the U.S. and provides the economies of scale, security and reliability of an ocean service combined with expedited transit.

From Philadelphia, Mexican shippers can reach up to 40 percent of the U.S. population within a day’s drive by truck.  The service features a six-day transit time, and its first sailing is planned for January 26 out of Veracruz.

The SeaLand Atlantico service will have the following port rotation: Veracruz-Altamira-Philadelphia, the release said.

“We are pleased to provide Mexican exporters an alternative to land transport with a high level of security and care for their products,” Jorge Monzalvo, SeaLand Mexico commercial manager, said in the release. “With the SeaLand Atlantico customers avoid transloading cargo, congestion at the border and limited truck power between countries.”


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New Boat Arrivals Will be Occurring at Philly Port

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DSCN3254+1Holt Logistics Corp., of Gloucester City, NJ has landed separate business agreementsthat has attacted two additional weekly shipments from South America and Central America to Philadelphia’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.

The “South American Express” service started June 3rd, operated by SeaLand, the Denmark-based Maersk Group’s intra-Americas regional ocean carrier, plans to begin calling on the terminal.

The service previously terminated in Norfolk, Va., and the change expands SeaLand’s direct connections from Central America into the northeast and provides shippers with better access to U.S. consumers and a user-friendly docking environment for refrigerated peribshable goods, including tropical fruits and other commodities, according to a news release.

Additionally,  a joint vessel sharing agreement between SeaLand and American President Lines is designed to create a new “North American Express” service that should attract an additional ship to the terminal each week.

The “North Atlantic Express” service is pending regulatory approval but is scheduled to commence in late June.

The service rotation plans to cycle between the Manzanillo International Terminal in Panama, Cartagena, Columbia, south Florida, Savannah, Ga., Philadelphia and New York.

It boosts SeaLand’s network and offers additional direct connections and service between the West Coast of South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast. Business at the Port of Philadelphia continues to grow, and the addition of two weekly service calls from SeaLand/APL will increase efficiency, shorten overall transit times and provide greater opportunities to expand business in both perishable and non-perishable commerce between North and South America.

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S. African Citrus is Arriving at Ports in Newark, Philly, and Houston

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DSCN5851by Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum

Citrusdal, South Africa – Excellent weather conditions in South Africa have contributed to an earlier citrus harvest in the Western and Northern Cape regions of South Africa, resulting in earlier arrivals of citrus to the US.  Containers carrying Easy Peelers and Navel oranges will arrive at the Port of Newark over the next 2-3 weeks.

“Favorable weather conditions and optimum fruit ripeness determined the onset of the harvesting period.  Our growers believe that in terms of fruit color and eating quality, it is perhaps the best fruit in years to start the season. The high eating quality is preferred by the US consumers,” said Suhanra Conradie, CEO of the Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum.

The first conventional vessel will arrive at the Port of Philadelphia at Gloucester City by June 15th bringing with about 3,800 pallets of Easy Peelers and Navel oranges. Two other conventional vessels are scheduled to arrive by June 25th and July 6th.  “The detailed shipping plan has conventional vessels arriving through October usually every 10-12 days, based on market demand. Container vessels with smaller volumes will arrive between to assure a steady supply of our citrus,” said Conradie.

A pilot project at The Port of Houston will continue and is set to receive shipments, and provide key access to expanded Midwest and Far West regions of the US.  “While we have seen 12 percent growth with volumes last year at about 45,000 tons, it is possible that we will ship more during the 2015 season,” said Conradie.

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Port of Philadelphia Imports

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The Port of Philadelphia has long been the major port in the United States for the arrivals of imported produce and other items from around the world.  BG IrelandCentral American and Chilean imports are among the leaders.

Chilean table grapes and stone fruit are big items this time of the year.  Despite economic conditions in the United States the port is reporting total imports at its facilities were up in 2011 over the previous year.  Initial Chilean fruit imports apparently are causing optimism that 2012 could be even better.

Much of the fruit being unloaded off of boats arriving at the Port of Philadelphia are stored in local refrigerated warehouses, then delivered by truck to points primarily in the midwest, east and to eastern Canada.  However, some arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia eventually are trucked to the West Coast when necessary.

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