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Port Everglades is the state leader in perishable throughput, moving nearly half of all the ocean shipped refrigerated containers in Florida. Volumes continue to climb. A revised cold treatment program that allows once-restricted grapes and blueberries from Peru and Uruguay to come into South Florida ports is working well and has been expanded to include citrus from Peru and apples and pears from Argentina. In the revised program, fruit is now shipped directly to South Florida for delivery to local grocery stores faster and at a lower cost than shipping through traditional Northern ports. It also provides opportunities for ocean-to-air transshipment.

Key factors affecting perishables:

  • Reducing time-to-market = lower cost
  • Maintaining cold chain logistics = reduce loss
  • Optimizing shelf life = increase revenue and profit

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Transit Times

County/Port  Transit Time
 Buenos Aires  24 Days
 Bahamas  1 Day
 Dominican Republic  4 Days
 Jamaica  4 Days
 San Antonio  17 Days
 San Vincente  15 Days
 Callao  11 Days
 Guayaquil  8 Days
 Buenaventura  6 Days
 Cartagena  3 Days
 Puerto Cortes  4 Days
 Costa Rica  
 Puerto Limón  9 Days
 Santo Tomas de Castilla  4 Days
 Manzanillo  3 Days