*Port of Wilmington, DE & “Fresh Fruit Morocco” ink 5-year deal to import Moroccan Clementines to North America*
Le Matin, MAP (Washington, DC, October 17, 2013) — The Port of Wilmington in Delaware and the export group, “Fresh Fruit Morocco” have negotiated a five-year agreement for the import of Moroccan Clementines into the North American market, MAP learned from the Delaware Governor’s Office.
The Port of Wilmington, the largest US port for the import of perishable goods (fruit, juice concentrate, etc.) and the largest platform for cold storage in North America, is the main entry point for Moroccan Clementine exports to the region, serving as a major distribution hub to reach some 200 million consumers across North America.
The agreement with “Fresh Fruit Morocco” maintains until 2017 the Port of Wilmington as the primary distribution hub in North America for exports of “Fresh Fruit Morocco” Clementines, according to a statement from the office of the Governor for the State of Delaware.
From the same source, it was reported that total volume for Moroccan Clementines through the Port of Wilmington will mark an estimated 30 per cent increase during the current season (October 2013 – March 2014). The source confirmed that the agreement provides for the arrival of 10 to 13 shipments from Morocco annually, which represents an estimated 35,000 tons of fruit.
Since 2000, the Moroccan exporter has shipped more than 242,000 pallets of Clementines, with a market value of more than $345 million.