GT USA Wilmington Enters New Partnership with Chiquita Fresh North America

The relationship has already begun bearing fruit for the company, the port and the wider state of Delaware


Dubai: GT USA Wilmington, the US arm of Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator and logistics company based in the UAE, has commenced a new partnership with Chiquita Fresh North America that will ensure the continued presence of the company at the Port of Wilmington through the next decade.

The relationship has already begun bearing fruit for the company, the port and the wider state of Delaware. The new levels of performance are expected to benefit all parties with increased efficiency, flexibility to meet customer needs and improved time to market.

Peter Richards, Group CEO of Gulftainer, said “Our relationship with Chiquita has got off to an outstanding start. However, we could not have achieved such significant gains in productivity during this transition period without the help of our partners, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) workforce and our port employees – all working in unison. They have carried out their efforts during these early operations with the utmost professionalism, and we are proud to have built these strong partnerships so early in our tenure at the Port of Wilmington.” 

GT USA is expected to continue streamlining its operations. The company announced that it will soon take delivery of new cargo-handling equipment as part of its modernisation and improvement programme at the port. The eco-friendly electric equipment will not only enhance operational capabilities at the terminal but also reinforce GT’s commitment to being conscious of its impact on the environment and the community in line with its corporate values.

Being phased in throughout 2019, this equipment, along with civil works improvements, forms part of the US$100 million investment in Port of Wilmington that is poised to significantly strengthen its operational efficiency.


About the Port of Wilmington
Founded in 1923, the Port of Wilmington is a full-service Mid-Atlantic seaport on the Delaware River, strategically located to provide overnight access to 200 million North American consumers. Wilmington ranks as North America’s top banana port and the nation’s leading gateway for imports of fresh fruit and juice concentrates. The port was one of the originally certified ‘360 Quality’ marine terminals in the United States, underscoring its high-quality handling standards for perishable cargo. An economic engine for the State of Delaware and the wider region, business activity at the port creates over 5,900 family-sustaining jobs and annually generates US$436 million in business revenue, US$409 million in personal income and US$41 million in local taxes. The port is operated by GT USA Wilmington, LLC. For further information, visit  

About GT USA
GT USA is the US division of Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator and logistics company with operations and business interests in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Brazil and the United States. GT’s presence in North America expanded in 2018 with the signing of a 50-year concession agreement with the state of Delaware to manage and operate the Port of Wilmington, a deepwater port and marine terminal serving the Eastern Seaboard. The company’s first foray into the USA came in 2014 with the signing of a 35-year agreement to operate Canaveral Cargo Terminal, a multi-purpose cargo and container terminal in Florida.  For more information, visit 

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