The Everest Bay arrived at the Port of Philadelpia with 3,800 pallets of oranges and clementines from South Africa on June 19. ( Courtesy Holt Logistics Corp. )

South African citrus season has officially kicked off in the U.S., with the arrival of a ship at the Port of Philadelphia carrying nearly 4,000 tons of fresh fruit.

The June 19 arrival included 3,800 pallets of clementines and navel oranges, according to a news release.

The ship, Everest Bay, arrived at the port’s Gloucester Marine Terminal in Gloucester City, N.J.

“We are proud to continue this fruitful partnership with summer citrus providers in South Africa,” Leo Holt, president and CEO of Holt Logistics, which operates Gloucester Terminals, LLC, said in the release. “Keeping our food supply chain robust and intact is of the highest concern for our staff and many partners.”

The ship left the port of Cape Town on May 31, according to the release. Ships containing citrus from South Africa will arrive weekly until October, the end of the summer citrus growing season, according to the release.

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