U.S.: PortMiami eases access for Peruvian fresh fruit

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U.S.: PortMiami eases access for Peruvian fresh fruit

Starting Oct. 1, Peruvian fresh fruit exporters will have an additional point of access to the United States. A pilot program at PortMiami will allow direct import of cold treatment products, including grapes and blueberries.blueberry cartons _ ffp

Such products are to be cold treated prior to departure from Peru and made available for immediate sale and distribution once in the U.S.

The move eases access for Peruvian exporters, previously restricted to certain northeastern ports.

"Over the past several years, PortMiami, and officials from Peru along with importers, growers and customs brokers have been working toward increasing the imports of Peruvian fruits to the United States, via PortMiami," a statement from the U.S. port explained.

Port director Bill Johnson welcomed the measure that is expected to save time and money for Peruvian exporters.

"It is great to see that the combined efforts of the U.S. and Peruvian governments have paid off," Johnson said.

"Thanks to the efficient processing of cargo at PortMiami, this produce will be able to reach 70% of the U.S. population in four days or less.  This opens up opportunities for both our countries and we look forward to increasing bi-lateral trade."



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