March 9, 1987 |
Importers who use the Port of Philadelphia are facing higher costs because of changes in the way the U.S. Customs Service inspects cargoes. The U.S. Customs Service in Philadelphia, following a process already used in some other ports, is requiring importers to haul shipping containers to three centralized inspection stations, two of which are not on the waterfront. The new customs procedures mean that many customers of the port will pay transportation charges they had not incurred before, when customs inspectors came dockside to check cargoes.
October 24, 1986 |
Representatives of Chilean fruit importers, who recently threatened to leave the Port of Philadelphia for another East Coast port, have formed a joint venture that could keep fruit cargoes coming here for the next 18 years. The joint venture - between Transreefer Inc., for the Chilean importers, and Lavino Shipping Co. - creates a new company, Seagate Inc., to lease Piers 82 and 84 on the Delaware River. The docks contain storage areas and a $2 million refrigerated warehouse. The piers, which had been leased to a Lavino subsidiary, Delaware Operating Co. (DOC)
March 16, 1989 |
When Ray Farber's daughter telephoned from California to ask what she should do with the grapes in her refrigerator, Farber didn't hesitate. " 'Throw 'em out,' I told her," he recalled. Never one to follow his own advice, however, Farber continues to eat grapes. When a television crew came to visit the other day, "I just picked up a handful and ate them all . . . and I'm still here," he boasted. Farber is in a position to know. As general manager of the fresh food terminal at the Food Distribution Center in South Philadelphia, he is at the epicenter of the storm over the suspected cyanide poisoning of Chilean fruit.
March 22, 1988 |
The Philadelphia area, the nation's largest center for the import of frozen meat from Australia and New Zealand, may lose substantial amounts of that lucrative trade, importers say. A decision by three major steamship lines to stop "subsidizing" inland transportation costs, and new labor agreements in New Orleans and Charleston, S.C., have so altered Philadelphia's economic advantage for handling meat cargoes that Southern ports are now becoming...
March 18, 1987 |
A coalition of Chilean growers and American fruit distributors yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal court here seeking to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture from restricting the importation of grapes from Chile. The group contends that a proposed regulation imposing tough quality standards on the grapes would halt the sale of nearly 40 million pounds of South American grapes in this country. Virtually all of the Chilean grapes are imported through the Port of Philadelphia, a factor that has prompted intense lobbying against the department's proposed regulation by local, state and federal politicians and by representatives of the Philadelphia maritime community.
December 30, 1987 |
The Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that it would not permit table grapes to be shipped or imported in 1988 if they contain detectable residues of sulfite compounds. The compounds, which help prevent spoilage, can cause deadly allergic reactions in some people. EPA spokesman Dave Cohen said the new rule, which goes into effect Friday, requires growers to test their grapes and certify that the amount of sulfites on them is less than 10 parts per million. Although that is considered the level of detectability, no safe level has been found for the compounds, according to an officer of a consumer group that has fought the EPA for 18 months over the sulfite rules for grapes.
August 31, 1986 |
Chu Wing-chiu, a manager of the Power Garment Factory Ltd., said his factory can earn $1.20 by selling a dozen flannel shirts. Or it can earn $40 just by selling a license it holds for exporting a dozen shirts to the United States. Power Garment, needless to say, ends up selling some of its export licenses each year - not all them, but enough to add a nice sum to its income. Power Garment is just one of the many Hong Kong companies profiting from U.S. quotas. Those quotas are a multimillion-dollar business here and getting even bigger as a result of tightening U.S. restrictions on Hong Kong clothing exports.
August 5, 1989 |
Animals, too, get their 15 minutes of fame. Now it's the turn of African elephants. Wildlife protection groups - from the Humane Society of the United States to the World Wildlife Fund - have seen years of lonely advocacy on behalf of elephants suddenly become a bursting of public concern about the decimation of the world's largest land mammal. As a result, the United States has banned all ivory imports, as have several European governments. This is Save the Elephants summer. In the past, we have saved the whales, saved the dolphins, saved Canadian seal pups, saved bald eagles.
October 2, 1986 |
In the days just before the longshoremen's strike began yesterday, Frances Sherman and her colleagues at Davies Turner & Co. Inc. scurried to unload ships at the Philadelphia port and get cargo cleared through customs. "We had tried very hard to remove all the cargo from the piers for the last week," said Sherman, whose employer is a foreign freight broker. "We were fortunate enough to remove our freight. None of my accounts were stuck on the docks. " Other importers along the East Coast were not so lucky, however.
August 13, 1994 |
Hundreds of thousands of skirts imported from India, popular because of their retro look and their breezy comfort, are being pulled off store shelves across the nation because they are fire hazards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced yesterday that rayon and rayon-cotton blend skirts sold at many department stores, import shops and street-vendor stands can burn "faster than newspaper" if exposed to a heat source. The garments - known as broom skirts - are long, summer and fall fashions with elastic waistbands that may also have a drawstring.