Advance Customs Brokers Welcomed in New USDA Ocean-to-Air Pilot Program

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Advance Customs Brokers has been granted a special permit by the USDA to move perishable cargo from Latin America to Europe, inspection free, as a part of a new pilot program.

Pat Compres, CEO of Advance Customs Brokers, said, “We're pleased to be able to provide this service to our customers. With the assistance of CBP/AQI, with programs such as this one, they are enabling strategic expansion within the local trade community.”

Advance Customs Brokers has been granted a special permit by the USDA to move perishable cargo from Latin America to Europe, inspection free, as a part of a new pilot program. Advance Customs Brokers joins an exclusive group of logistics providers in South Florida with the ability to do so. Advance Customs Brokers has been partnering with ocean carriers in this arena since the demand for Latin American produce accelerated in Europe and Asia over a decade ago. However, the ocean-to-air trans-shipments were always subject to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Quarantine Inspections (AQI) that presented delays in the transfer of cargo between ports.

At this time, this promising program is extremely limited in scope. Broccoli and snow peas from Guatemala and okra from Honduras are the only accepted perishable cargo at this stage. These commodities will arrive at PortMiami or Port Everglades, via ocean container, and trucked in-bond to MIA for trans-loading in a warehouse under a USDA compliance agreement. The shipments must be wrapped with a pest-proof material around each pallet inside of the container before they are trans-loaded onto the air pallets. Further, the program only permits one container per permit per week.

Juan Kuryla, Port Director at PortMiami, said, “PortMiami has an excellent working relationship with MIA to help cement Miami as the centerpiece of trade with Latin America. Although limited in initial scope, we are excited that the USDA is working with us and shipping lines calling PortMiami to develop this program.”

Pat Compres, CEO of Advance Customs Brokers, said, “We are pleased to be able to provide this service to our customers. With the assistance of CBP/AQI, with programs such as this one, they are enabling strategic expansion within the local trade community.”

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