Port Everglades just welcomed its first shipment of fruit as part of the recently approved pilot program allowing South American fruit to be directly imported into The United States through South Florida ports.
Previously, fruit was required to be imported through northern ports like Philadelphia, and then trucked to market.
Those precautions were taken due to concerns over fruit flies and other pests that could threaten local crops and vegetation.
A shipment of Peruvian grapes came in new, state-of-the-art refrigerated cargo containers.
As part of the agreement, the shipments go to Panama first, to be cleared for shipment to our shores.