Holt Logistics, Government Officials Celebrate Arrival of First Shipment of Uruguayan Citrus

Event at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal marks first shipment ever to arrive in America

PHILADELPHIA (November 18, 2013) – A group of business leaders and government officials gathered at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia to mark the arrival of the first shipment of fresh citrus from Uruguay into America.  The first shipment was made possible due to a ruling by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that allowed entrance of Uruguayan citrus into the US due to improved regulation of potential contamination by foreign species, bacteria and pesticides.

Officials from the Uruguayan Embassy to the US, City of Philadelphia, USDA and APHIS, as well as executives from Holt Logistics Corp., Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, UPEFRUY (Uruguayan Growers and Exporters Union) and other importer/exporters gathered dockside to celebrate the arrival of the fruit.  A short presentation and reception was held while shipping containers full of fresh Valencia oranges were loaded onto cargo trucks, which were sent to local distribution centers.  Below is a summary of coverage from the event:

Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com

Philadelphia Business Journal

The Packer

American Shipper Magazine