Beginning June 16, the port's USDA office will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Before the change, it was open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Beginning in January, the office will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“As the perishables gateway to the Americas, PortMiami needs to ensure the quick and efficient flow of time-sensitive goods,” PortMiami’s director, Bill Johnson, said in the release. “These extended hours will allow us to continue to grow and create new jobs as we prepare for the opening of the expanded Panama Canal in 2015.”
Recently designated a Customs Center of Excellence and Expertise for Agriculture and Prepared Products by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, PortMiami is expected to double its cargo in the coming years, following completion of $2 billion in infrastructure improvements.
PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to the South Florida economy and helps provide direct and indirect employment for more than 207,000 people.