Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 22 Posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 998 times:
Last night in the produce aisle at Safeway...I noticed something.
2 out of the 3 fruits or vegetables I looked at, came from Chile.
My question is, who is bringing this stuff in?
Is it coming in the belly holds of passenger flights? Or dedicated freighters?
And what is the port of entry? Los Angeles? Miami? Houston?
Are special freighters required for the shipment of perishables like fruits and vegetables?
And finally, how long has this been going on? I mean, it seemed like EVERYTHING was from Chile...except for the Oranges, Lettuce, and Potatoes.
Alphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 955 times:
Fruits are one of the most important exportations of Chile since they produce it in an "against-season" basis towards the north hemisphere and they are also very appreciated here in Europe. Also the chilean wine proved to be reliable and they export it a lot since years now.
PPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8942 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 934 times:
From what I gathered over time, they go in dedicated freighters. You can't ship it maritime because they are perishable, unless it's a country close enough (Central America to the U.S. Gulf Coast or West Coast) and a product that can be harvested earlier than the time it is ready to be consumed (e.g. Bananas).
I know that a cargo ship leaving the port of Santos ( an hour away from GRU) takes about 6 weeks or so to reach Savannah, GA (not sure if it's non-stop sailing tho). SCL is even further south (assuming they would leave from the SCL port), so that woulld take much longer. Fruits from Central America seem (I've been to the following places and noticed it) to come in through the port of Mobile, Alabama and probably New Orleans and Miami. At least to the East Coast.
I've heard of flights that go full of flowers. Nothing but flowers.
"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat