Seaboard Marine recently delivered its very first shipment of dragon fruit from Ecuador into Florida’s market. The fruit, typically cultivated in North America or imported from Central America for United States consumption, has never been a candidate for import from South America due to longer transit times. However, earlier this year, Seaboard Marine launched a new weekly service between Miami, Ecuador, and Peru offering the fastest transit and delivery times, which has been ideal for the transportation of refrigerated cargoes to PortMiami.
The expanded North-South trade link is bringing new business to PortMiami. This string is not only strengthening PortMiami and Seaboard Marine’s global gateway connections into Ecuador and Peru but is also generating growth opportunities within the U.S. market.
Edward Gonzalez, Seaboard Marine President, said “With a strong history in PortMiami and a strong commitment to Latin America, we tailor our reliable and efficient sailings to the needs of our customers. Importers of all perishables into PortMiami appreciate the fast transits and outstanding service that is provided.”
“We congratulate Seaboard Marine for its first shipment of dragon fruit from Ecuador to Florida’s market via PortMiami,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I thank the PortMiami team for all it has done in collaboration with Seaboard to expand international trade and commerce in Miami-Dade County.”
“Our partners at Seaboard Marine have been connecting the U.S. to the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America via PortMiami since 1987,” said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan Kuryla. “We’re proud to receive Seaboard’s first shipment of dragon fruit, and want to thank them and their customers for their trust in PortMiami.”