The Moroccan ambassador to the U.S. and Delaware officials welcomed Moroccan clementine arrivals at the Port of Wilmington Nov. 19.
The port is the sole U.S. entry point for clementines shipped by Fresh Fruit Maroc, the leading consortium representing Moroccan produce exporters.
On hand for the Nov. 19 arrival were Rachad Bouhlal, the Moroccan ambassador; Jack Markell, Delaware’s governor; Chris Coons, a U.S. senator from Delaware; Alan Levin, director of Delaware Economic Development chairman of the Diamond State Port Corp; Fresh Fruit Maroc officials; and other Delaware officials, according to a port news release.
Moroccan clementines generate about $5.6 million in annual revenue and 100 jobs at the port.
“It’s a great honor to be here today to welcome the arrival of these clementines and to celebrate the increasingly strong economic partnership — a partnership that this shipment symbolizes — between Morocco and the United States,” Ambassador Bouhlal said during a ceremony at the port.