The Port of Barranquilla completed its first export of Colombian citrus fruits to the United States with cold treatment at source. The cargo shipped consisted of 19,584 kilos of mandarins that were sent to San Juan de Puerto Rico.
“This is the first time that we export Colombian mandarins from our terminal with cold treatment at origin. We have the infrastructure and experience handling refrigerated and frozen cargo to provide farmers with a value-added service that complies with all the importing country's current phytosanitary requirements,” said Rene Puche, the President of the Port of Barranquilla's Port Society.
Since mid-2019, the Port of Barranquilla has been certified by the United States Department of Agriculture to export citrus fruits with the complete cold treatment process.
This certification was obtained thanks to the infrastructure of the Refrigerated and Frozen Cargo Warehouse and Distribution Center, the terminal's refrigerated container storage yard, and the joint work of local authorities and citrus exporters.