Tioga terminal expects Chilean fruit volume to increase in 2010

by Tad Thompson | January 18, 2010
The Tioga Marine Fruit Terminal expects to receive a 20-25 percent increase in Chilean fruit volume this season, according to Robert Blackburn, senior deputy executive director of Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

The port authority is headquartered across the street from the Tioga terminal, which is in Philadelphia on the western bank of the Delaware River.

The authority owns the terminal, which is managed by Delaware River Stevedores, commonly known as DRS.

Mr. Blackburn said the increased business for Tioga will be a credit to DRS, which has attracted new exporters to the warehouse.

He added that the port authority is particularly thankful for the continued success of its food trade business because steel and lumber trades, which are tied into the building industry, have suffered dramatic volume losses.