North Carolina Ports

US: Port of Wilmington gets first banana shipment

The Port of Wilmington welcomed its first shipment of bananas imported from Central America this week. The shipment marks the start of a year-long commitment to bring in weekly deliveries of bananas. “Today’s shipments mean fresh fruits will reach consumers faster and cheaper,” said Hans Bean, vice president for Trade Development, NC Ports. “This represents major progress in our ability to service North Carolina’s significant grocery sector.” After their delivery to the port, the bananas will be transported by road to distribution centres across the Carolinas. quoted NC Ports Chief Operating Officer Brian Clark: “Bananas are the latest addition to North Carolina Ports’ expanding portfolio in the perishables industry. 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.”

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