When the Hamburg Süd vessel “Monte Aconcagua” docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in Philadelphia on Friday, October 14, 2016, it had onboard the first shipment of frozen beef from Brazil being imported to the United States.
Following the agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply reached earlier this year, Brazil can now ship up to 64,000 tons annually to the U.S. under the existing quota system. While the quota has been in place for many years, Brazil only recently reached an agreement with the USDA on sanitary and phytosanitary protocols. Prior to this agreement only processed meat (cooked/canned) was allowed into the United States.
Sao Paulo based JBS, the largest protein and the second largest food company in the world, selected Hamburg Süd to carry their first shipment to Philadelphia, PA.
Hamburg Süd, a top 10 global liner shipping company, is a market leader in Latin America and provides five weekly departures and arrivals between Latin America and North America.
The photo shows officials from Hamburg Süd and JBS receiving plaques from the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority to commemorate the event.