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Container Ports to deal with in order to get the feds to understand that the rule ami started getting people together and then in 2012, Crowley could be changed. A number of people we were talking to un- Maritime; Customized Brokers, Crowley Maritime’s Miami- derstood that, and a lot did not.” based subsidiary; Seaboard Marine; and PortMiami, Flagler “People were sort of bumping into each other with different Logistics and some other brokers formed The Coalition and put strategies and different interests,” Sandler recalls. “The key mo- together a white paper to submit to the Florida agriculture folks.
ment was when the Port of Miami pulled together the various Elie, from Port Everglades, said that in the beginning Flori- interests and we sat down and had a roundtable discussion about da’s Agriculture Commissioner agreed to grapes and blueber- how to proceed and that was really the beginning of the coalition.” ries from Peru. Port Everglades welcomed global ocean carri-
Martinez recalls, “This had been going on at least 20 years; er Hamburg Süd’s frst shipment of imported Peruvian grapes on and off. The real headway was made in 2011 when Port Mi- on Friday, November 29, 2013, while the frst direct shipment
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