The Merchant Vessel Fuji Bay commemorates the first shipment of the season of Moroccan citrus to the U.S. on Nov. 16. Tom Mastromarco (from left) and Eric Holt of Holt Logistics, Fuji Bay captain Vladimir, and Thomas Holt III, Phillip Holt and Sander Daniel, Holt Logistics. The captain received a ceremonial Liberty Bell to mark the ship’s first call to the Philadelphia area. ( Courtesy Holt Logistics )

The first shipment of Moroccan citrus of the season has arrived in the U.S.

The Merchant Vessel Fuji Bay arrived at the Gloucester Marine Terminal, Gloucester City, N.J., on Nov. 16, according to a news release. The ship carried more than 4,000 pallets of tangerines, clementines, lemons and mandarins with the Maroc Fruit brand.

The citrus shipment was through a new shipping partnership with Seatrade to bring the fruit to the U.S. About 75% of the citrus will go to Canadian supermarkets and the rest goes to U.S. receivers, according to the release.

“It is our distinct pleasure to welcome our new shipping partners in Maroc Fruit Board to Gloucester,” Leo Holt, president and CEO of Holt Logistics, the operator of Gloucester Terminals LLC. “A diversified supply chain means more competitive prices for our customers, and we are excited to bring seasonal Moroccan citrus products to the U.S. and Canadian markets.”

The ship left Agadir, Morocco, on Nov. 5. Maroc Fruit, a group of growers, export about 300,000 tons of citrus and vegetables a year, according to the release.

The bi-weekly fruit shipments will continue until April, when the Moroccan citrus season ends.

Submitted by Anthony Ross on Sun, 11/25/2018 - 20:26

This not good news, again we see another country import into the u.s.when our own citrus in this country struggling for demand
This is not good !