Virginia Maritime Association Joint Committees Meeting on
Cold Storage Certification- October 24th at 10am

Just a friendly reminder of the Joint Committees meeting of VMA committees on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. You will receive a briefing and discuss the recent announcement that The Port of Virginia is now a participant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program. See the original announcement below for additional information.

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• Laura A. Jeffers, Ph.D. – Virginia State Plant Health Director (acting), National Operations Manager, USDA-APHIS-PPQ Field Operations
• Deborah Dowdle – Area Manager, Southeast, Virginia International Terminals, LLC

Time: 10:00a.m., Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Location: Virginia Maritime Association, 236 E. Plume Street, Norfolk 23510
The Virginia Port Authority has issued the following:
Virginia’s In-Transit, Cold Treatment
Pilot Participation Clears Way for
South American Produce Imports

NORFOLK, VA – Importers of perishables from South America can now move their cargo across The Port of Virginia® as the port is now a participant of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program.
Virginia is the newest member of a pilot that is designed to import fresh fruit to U.S. East Coast ports from South America. The pilot allows entry of in-transit, cold-treated containers of agricultural products originating in South America, including blueberries, citrus, and grapes from Peru; blueberries and grapes from Uruguay; and, apples, blueberries and pears from Argentina.
“This designation is important for logistics and supply chain managers importing agricultural products because it means shorter total transit times from origin to market,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.
“This helps to diversify our cargo mix. It opens the door for new cargo and provides an important service for owners and shippers of perishables. This helps to support our strategic growth plan and further establishes The Port of Virginia as a global gateway.”
In the past, these time-sensitive shipments would have come to the East Coast and moved across ports in the Northeast. Prior to the program’s start in 2013, the perishables were required to enter Northeastern ports for cold treatment and clearance and were then transported to southern states for distribution into stores.
There will be many beneficiaries of the change, Reinhart said. Shippers will see lower transportation costs and a longer shelf-life for their products; consumers will see lower prices at the store; and there will be environmental benefits from reduced emissions related transportation.
The USDA Southeast In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot enables a limited number of containerized cargoes to enter the port directly after completing a two-week cold treatment process as a safeguard against fruit flies and other pests, as well as acquiring all the required unloading clearances prior to the shipment’s arrival in port.
Cold treatment is a process whereby perishable fruits have their pulp brought to a certain temperature for a period of time in order to fulfill USDA quarantine requirements for fruits and vegetables entering the U.S. Containers that do not pass cold treatment will be prohibited from entering the port and will not be offloaded from vessels. Instead, failed containers will be allowed transit via sea to a Northeastern port for retreatment, or, they will be re-exported to the country of origin.
Janice S. Sheavly
Executive Assistant to Arthur W. Moye, Jr., Executive Vice President
and David C. White, Vice President
Virginia Maritime Association
Hampton Roads Shipping Association
236 E. Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
P. O. Box 3487, Norfolk, VA 23514
(757) 622-2639 Main Dial
(757) 628-2671 Direct dial
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