Florida’s first ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment transferred through Miami International Airport (MIA) en route to the European Union, Ten tons of peas that arrived at Port Everglades on January 30th from Guatemala were trucked to MIA and then flown to Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo on February 2nd. In October 2016, the US Department of Agriculture cleared the way for MIA to receive perishable freight imports by sea and load them onto international flights, making it the first-ever airport in Florida to handle ocean-to-air trans-shipment. The program will save both time and money for cargo shippers, which can now receive expedited air transport of perishable products without paying duties issued by US Customs and Border Control.
MIA hopes to reach European and Asian markets with peak-season Latin America produce, potentially extending the seasonality for certain products at lowered costs. The addition of ocean freight shipments will expand MIA’s overall cargo operations, which continue to handle more perishable imports than all other US airports combined, according to airport statistics.
Expedited freight brokers, specialize in moving the cargo through the supply chain as it enters the US via any of the many air, ocean or land entry points. They now coordinate the ocean shipments of perishable products from Latin America via the Port of Miami or Port Everglades and transports them to MIA, where they depart by air via KLM Cargo or Centurion Cargo to Europe and Asia.