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Port Everglades sets cargo record

Central American produce "significant" in helping Florida port hit new heights

Port Everglades sets cargo record

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Port Everglades has topped its previous record for containerised cargo volumes with 1.076 TEUs moving through the Port in fiscal year 2017, which ended 30 September 2017.

Containerised cargo increased a 4 per cent compared with the previous year, and was up 1.5 per cent on the previous record set in 2015 of 1.06m TEUs.

"The volumes of refrigerated produce coming into Florida through Port Everglades from Central America is significant," said Port Everglades chief executive and port director Steve Cernak. "It represents more than half of all perishable cargo that arrives in Florida by ocean."

Operating revenue for the year-long period remained steady at US$163m.

"Port Everglades is an economic generator for Broward County and Florida that delivers financial stability and jobs in our community," said Broward County mayor Barbara Sharief. "This record year is a positive indication of Broward's commitment to the businesses that choose to locate here."

Meanwhile, It was also announced that Mission Produce and its Colombian partner Cartama had sent the first direct shipment of Colombian avocados to the US, arriving at Port Everglades this week.

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