New Tarpless Fumigation System at Port Everglades Benefits Shippers and Shoppers

Shippers and consumers are benefiting from a new "tarpless" fumigation system to eliminate insects from fruits and vegetables that are imported through Broward County's Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ)
No. 25 at Port Everglades.

The Portable Container Door (PCD) attaches directly to the cargo container carrying the produce so that there is little seepage of refrigerated air or the gas used to fumigate microscopic-sized non-indigenous pests. Traditionally, produce is fumigated by wrapping a tarp around the container and opening the container to inject the pest fumigation gas.

"For years we have been trying to develop a better way to fumigate that is cost-effective and reliable," says Fred Rogacki, president of International Warehouse Services (IWS), who developed the patent-pending PCD with IWS Manager James Teachman. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the PCD.

The benefit to the shipper is that the PCD is a faster fumigation method that takes up less space so more containers can be fumigated at the same time. The benefit to the consumer is that there is no change in temperature because the container remains closed so the fruits and vegetables stay fresher and have a longer shelf life.

The PCD is designed with an air-tight seal. It replaces the normal door of the container during the fumigation process.

Currently, Port Everglades is the only location where the PCD is available. Fifteen containers can be fumigated at the same time and that number is expected to double within the next five years as space becomes available.

FTZ No. 25 is the first and largest foreign-trade zone in Florida. FTZ-approved businesses can take advantage of duty-free, duty-deferred and/or duty-reduction programs of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reduce taxes, improve cash flow, and bolster profits. From auto parts to cosmetics, businesses of all sizes can implement more effective economical solutions for cargo storage, merchandise manipulation and manufacturing needs. To learn more about FTZ No. 25 opportunities, contact or call 954-765-4620.

For further information about the PCD, contact Fred Rogacki or James Teachman at International Warehouse Services at 954-763-7551.