First commercial shipment from Cuba arrives at Port Everglades

The first commercial shipment from Cuba, a load of charcoal, arrived aboard a Crowley container ship Tuesday at Broward County’s Port Everglades.

The shipment on Crowley’s ship K Storm, came from a Cuban cooperative. It was the first shipment to a private American business since the U.S.—Cuba embargo was imposed more than 50 years ago.

“Perhaps more than anything it reflects Crowley’s approach to trade with the Cuba market: patience, passion and persistence,” said Crowley spokesman Dave DeCamp in an email.

Crowley Maritime, which is based in Jacksonville, has been shipping goods to Cuba since 2001. But shipments couldn’t be made to the U.S. from Cuba until recent easing of relations with the island’s government by the Obama Administration.

Fifteen years ago, Crowley was the first U.S. carrier to re-enter Cuba in nearly 40 years, and has maintained a regularly scheduled service ever since, currently operating from Port Everglades.

Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

January 24, 2017

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