Port Canaveral is awaiting final USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) approval for certification as a port of entry for cold treatment products — containerized fruit that is held in near-freezing temperatures to kill exotic fruit flies and prevent their introduction into the state.

The certification program will enable produce such as fresh blueberries, apples, pears and grapes from South America to enter directly into Central Florida instead of being trucked  south from entry ports in the Northeast. Using Port Canaveral as a gateway for locally consumed produce could lower prices for these fruits at the grocery store and increase shelf life.

More information on this program and its benefits is available in the July/August Port magazine.