These Costa Rican pineapples, imported by Chestnut Hill Farms, arrived at a new cold storage facility at Port Tampa Bay on Sept. 22. ( Courtesy Port Logistics Refrigerated Services )

Port Logistics Refrigerated Services at Port Tampa Bay, Fla., recently received its first shipments of pineapples.

The shipment, for Chestnut Hill Farms, Miami, came from Costa Rican to the cold storage company at the port. Refrigerated containers of the fruit arrived at the cold storage facility Sept. 22, according to a news release. The shipment, loaded at the Port of Moin in Costa Rica, was delivered by the Seacat Line in a new ship, the M/V Juice Express.

“This new routing provides us with excellent access to serve our customers in Florida and throughout the Southeastern United States,” Raul Romero, president and chief operating officer at Chestnut Hill Farms, said in the release. “We expect this will be the first of regular ongoing shipments.”

The new Port Logistics Refrigerated Services on-dock cold storage facility has on-site U.S. Department of Agriculture/Customs and Border Protection inspection and fumigation services. The 130,000-square-foot facility has 102 refrigerated container plugs and a dedicated mobile harbor crane, according to the release.

In February, the facility made possible the first shipments of bananas in more than 20 years at the port. The shipment, of more than 3,900 pallets of Chiquita-brand bananas, originated from Ecuador.

 
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