PortMiami plans to spend a grant from the Trump administration to create a $57 million fumigation facility designed to end a detour that tons of produce currently take on their way from Latin America to Miami grocery stores.
Imports at the United States’ major container ports were projected to grow 7 percent last year over 2016 levels due to improving retail sales throughout 2017 and a strong holiday season, according to the monthly “Global Port Tracker” report published by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and consultancy Hackett Associates.
Humanitarian shipments, frozen chicken parts, chocolate bars, empty beer kegs from the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, medicine, even a traveling Bible exhibit.
These items and more have flowed through the state’s ports and airports headed to or returning from Cuba even though Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t think any Florida port should be doing business with the “Cuban dictatorship.”