Colombia will start to export mandarins to the United States again with the first shipment of this product to Puerto Rico, which will be shipped by the Frutales Las Lajas company via the Port of Cartagena.
On July 6, the entire specialized process for handling this type of fruit will begin, which includes inspection in a cold room, an 18-day quarantine for the treatment of the Mediterranean fly, and dispatch to the country of destination with all the certificates that this requires.
If there are no setbacks in the fruit quality inspections, compliance with the regulations, and required documentation, the shipment will be sent to San Juan de Puerto Rico on July 27 through the Sealand shipping line.
The Colombian mandarins are being imported by Frigorífico Nacional, through RL Distributors Corp, both companies from San Juan de Puerto Rico.
“We chose Cartagena because of the cold room conditions that provide better treatment and conditioning for both inspection and quarantine. We also chose it because of their attention and logistics in general. Also because they have transfer rooms that comply with the specialized and careful handling this fruit requires,” stated Juan Carlos Sierra Muños, the commercial director of Frutales Las Lajas.
Giovanni Benedetti, the commercial director of the Puerto de Cartagena Group, stated: "Our port terminal is committed to fruit producers in Colombia so that their processes are much safer, more agile, and successful. In addition to having great connectivity, we are the only port in Colombia that is qualified as CSI (Container Security Initiative), with permanent officials from the United States, CBP, ICE, and DHS. This allows our clients to enter their products into that country, almost as if it were local cargo. Many clients choose us because of our infrastructure, the quality of our operations, experience, and safety. Above all, they choose us because of the differentiation of our service, which in this case allows us to properly handle citrus.”