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First shipment of lemons from Argentina enter US through Port of Philadelphia

[ August 3, 2022   //   ]

There’s so many uses for fresh lemons, especially in the dog days of summer. That’s why nothing could be more refreshing than the arrival of more than 3,500 tons of fresh lemons from Argentina at the Port of Philadelphia on July 22.
The M/V Baltic Erica unloaded approximately 3,300 pallets of lemons from Argentina, the first ever to enter the United States under a new agreement between the US Department of Agriculture and The National Service for Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa).
The occasion was marked with a brief dockside reception by officials from transportation and logistics company Holt Logistics Corp. alongside trade representatives and other business leaders from both countries.
“The historic arrival of fresh lemons from Argentina brings yet another high-quality source product through the Port of Philadelphia,” said Eric Holt, Chief Commercial Officer for Holt Logistics. “This import represents years of negotiations and positive relationship building between commercial and safety interests surrounding the import of fresh goods into the United States. We are grateful to all partners who worked together to make this day possible.”
The M/V Baltic Erica departed from the Euroamérica port complex near Buenos Aires on Friday, July 9, bound for the United States. The vessel discharged at Gloucester Terminals in Gloucester City, New Jersey carrying 3,273 pallets containing a total of more than 3,700 tons of lemons.
“This shipment of fresh lemons to the United States is unprecedented and novel for the country, since the merchandise is sent directly in a hold ship to the port of Philadelphia,” said Guillermo Ruffo, Plant Protection coordinator of the North Buenos Aires Regional Center.