A gentle stream of tractors pulling flatbed trailers took on tons of Brazilian lumber Thursday from the Pelican Arrow, a cargo ship at Port Manatee, and hauled it to a close-by warehouse for storage.
Odds are it gained’t be there lengthy, given Florida’s inhabitants progress and explosive constructing growth.
Often, the lumber strikes on to retailers similar to Lowe’s and The House Deport inside one to 2 weeks.
Imports of lumber from Brazil are anticipated to double at Port Manatee this yr, stated Carlos Buqueras, the chief director of Port Manatee.
Additionally anticipated to double are imports of Brazilian orange juice, however for various causes.
Florida orange grove operations have been badly harm by illness, akin to citrus greening and canker, and tropical storms. Tropicana and different juice makers have needed to flip to overseas imports to make sure an uninterrupted provide.
Orange juice imported at Port Manatee winds up at Tropicana crops in Bradenton and Fort Pierce and Citrosusco in Lake Wales.