The first shipment of Moroccan citrus of the season has arrived to the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Rabat – The merchant vessel Fuji Bay arrived at the Gloucester Marine Terminal, Gloucester City, New Jersey, on November 16, carrying more than 4,000 pallets of tangerines, clementines, lemons, and mandarins.
The citrus shipment came through a new partnership with Seatrade, which allows the fruit to be brought to the U.S.
Canadian supermarkets will acquire 75 percent of the citrus, while the rest goes to U.S. markets.
The president and CEO of Holt Logistics, and the operator of Gloucester Terminals LLC, Leo Holt, expressed joy regarding the Moroccan citrus.
“It is our distinct pleasure to welcome our new shipping partners in Maroc Fruit Board to Gloucester,” said Holt.
“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,” he added.
The fruit was shipped through Agadir Commercial Port on November 5 by Maroc Fruit, a conglomerate of growers who export about 300,000 tons of citrus and vegetables annually.
Maroc Fruit will continue to supply the two markets with two shipments weekly until April, the end of citrus season in Morocco.