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Port Everglades welcomed global ocean carrier Hamburg Süd’s first shipment of imported Peruvian grapes on 29 November, as part of the recently approved pilot program allowing South American fruit to be directly imported into the United States through South Florida ports. Previously, fruit was required to be imported through colder, northern ports such as Philadelphia and then trucked to market due to concerns over fruit flies and other pests that could threaten local crops and vegetation.