Port of Wilmington in Delaware Welcomes First Moroccan Citrus Shipment to US for 2018-19 Season

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The Port of Wilmington in the state of Delaware, operated and managed by GT USA, the US division of the global logistics company Gulftainer, received the first breakbulk shipment of fresh Moroccan citrus fruit of the season in the United States.

The nation’s foremost marine terminal for perishable cargo welcomed the specialised refrigerated vessel M.V. Belgie Reefer on behalf of long-time customer Fresh Fruit Maroc. The vessel began discharging her cargo of over 574,800 boxes of fresh clementines on the same day.

The Port of Wilmington is a major port of entry and distribution centre for the seasonal imports of fresh Moroccan citrus fruit, including Nour clementines and Nadorcott mandarins.

During this season that runs until March 2019, the port anticipates approximately 12 shiploads of fruit from the Moroccan Atlantic port of Agadir. The arrival of the Belgie Reefer marks the 19th consecutive year that the port has received express breakbulk shipments for Fresh Fruit Maroc.

Eric Casey, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Wilmington at GT USA, said: “We are privileged to continue to serve our customers and trade partners as the port of choice that ensures timely distribution of the freshest available fruit to North American consumers.”

Susan Bricks, North American Representative at Fresh Fruit Maroc, said: “The Port of Wilmington has been a great partner to us for many years now – important not only to our group but also to our customers – and we are looking forward to another successful season.”

Cargo is stored in the port’s 800,000-square-foot on-dock refrigerated warehouse complex, one of North America’s largest facilities, before distribution to markets throughout the United States and Canada. The Port of Wilmington handled more than 10.7 million boxes of Moroccan citrus fruit in the 2018-19 season.

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