Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Contract Extended Between Chiquita and Hueneme

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Hueneme and longtime produce shipper Chiquita have extended their relationship with a new long-term contract. Chiquita, which began operating at the port in 2004, is a major importer of bananas, which get sent to a distribution facility in downtown Oxnard before making their way to 13 Western states.

“Our company provides direct jobs to the City of Oxnard, in addition to the hundreds of related and induced jobs which include: truck drivers, longshoremen, freight forwarders, stevedores, managers, expeditors, retailers and Ag inspectors,” said Chiquita Oxnard Facility Manager Nives de Luca. “We congratulate the Port of Hueneme on their investments to upgrade the Port’s infrastructure and equipment, allowing the Port to increase productivity and efficiency to better service the growing container trade through this niche port and community.”

Oxnard Harbor District President Mary Anne Rooney echoed those sentiments.

“We are proud to have Chiquita continue to call Port of Hueneme home again as a customer for another eleven years,” she said. “Their investment in our community strengthens the economic opportunity provided to our residents. When they succeed, we all succeed!”