Port Everglades (Fla.), set a record for containerized cargo volumes with 1.077 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in fiscal year 2017, heavily influenced by fresh produce imports.
That’s a 4% increase compared to the previous fiscal year totals and 1.5% over the previous record, set in fiscal year 2015. The port’s fiscal year ended Sept. 30, according to a news release.
“The volumes of refrigerated produce coming into Florida through Port Everglades from Central America is significant,” Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director Steve Cernak said in the release. “It represents more than half of all perishable cargo that arrives in Florida by ocean.”
Apparel, tile, beverages, machinery and automobile parts are also significant categories imported through the port, according to the release.