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.