UPDATED: USDA's PortMiami office extends hours

06/11/2013 11:00:00 AM
Andy Nelson

usda logo(UPDATED CONTENT, 10:56 a.m., June 21) The U.S. Department of Agriculture's office at PortMiami has extended its operating hours.

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.



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Gerena    
Miami, Florida  |  June, 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I have been working with USDA, APHIS, PPQ for the past 26 years and, unless there were any environmental issues, we have been always open (24 hours-7 days) to the trade at the Port of Miami. Gerena

    
June, 12, 2013 at 03:12 PM

Really? Always open? I am in the produce business as an importer and I can tell you that the consensus around the industry along with my personal experience with this port, is that the service, for the lack of a more appropriate term, including hours of operation, sucks. Hopefully these expanded hours will finally provide relief for us importers/exporters that have been suffering for years at the mercy of those that run the port. This appears to be good news!!!

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