Chill chamber for pest control opens at Port Everglades

01/14/2011 02:55:52 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Crowley Liner Services has opened a refrigerated pest control facility at Port Everglades that can treat pests so shippers don’t have to return the shipments to the originating country.


Courtesy Crowley Liner Services

Crowley Liner Services has opened a refrigerated pest control facility at Port Everglades that can treat pests so shippers don’t have to return the shipments to the originating country.


The subsidiary of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Maritime Corp. opened the pest control operation at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., port so non-native pests can be contained and readied for fumigation under refrigeration, according to a news release.

Available to all shippers importing perishable cargo into the south Florida port, the unit allows separation of perishable cargoes and helps most shippers because shipments containing pests that needed some manipulation before fumigation were in the past required to return to their originating country, according to the release.

“Within this chamber, Crowley is able to manipulate or rearrange such cargo to meet prerequisites for fumigation,” said Nelly Yunta, general manager of Crowley's Customized Brokers subsidiary that specializes in customs clearance of perishables, said in the release. "Crowley worked very closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make this happen."

Crowley's refrigerated chamber meets USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requirements and applies to international cargo shipments that Plant Protection and Quarantine inspectors declare infested with “highly mobile actionable pests,” according to the release.

“Crowley’s new refrigerated chamber gives shippers using Port Everglades peace of mind because in most situations they can now bring their perishable produce into south Florida without worrying about wasting time and money due to re-exportation,” Phil Allen, Port Everglades’ director, said in the release.

Crowley, which runs the port’s largest container terminal, recently changed its long-term lease to include 12 more acres. The port estimates Crowley's operations support 31,983 jobs throughout the state and generate of $1.1 billion in personal income outside of state and local taxes.



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