A large ship called Humbold, moored in PortCastelló, will carry the first citrus shipment of Castellon's 2018/2019 season to the United States.
Sources of Frigoríficos de Castellón (Fricasa) reported that the ship would be probably departing on 30 October and that the loading of the fruit has taken place over the past few days.
Around "2,000 tons," mostly of the Marisol variety, make up the shipment that will reach the US coast in the coming days, as reported by Fricasa, which added that "the figure has been slightly lower than that of the first shipment of the previous campaign."
All in all, a ship will depart to the US "every ten days until December." The goal is to keep the world's number one market as a commercial destination for Castellon's citrus fruits.
It is worth noting, however, that in recent times, with the economic crisis and the introduction of protectionist measures seeking to defend the interests of local growers, Castellon's citrus exports to the US have been reduced. This is confirmed by the statistics of Icex Spain, which reveal yearly drops between 2011 and 2017. In all of 2017, Castellon exported 14.1 million Euro worth of citrus to the US; 14.8 percent less than a year before. As a result, the country stood in 12th place in the ranking of biggest destinations. In 2010, exports were worth 42.3 million Euro.