Flexible containers vs. high-capacity freezers
Perhaps no place in the world can better portray the benefits and disadvantages of both breakbulk and container operations for cool cargoes than the Port of Gulfport. In its fiscal 2005, which ended on June 30, the port posted record business and was on track to handle more cargo in fiscal 2006.
It was the top port for banana imports in the U.S., with most of that commodity coming in by container. Banana shipments are often handled in containers because rather than a highly seasonal crop, the commodity needs to be delivered on a more regular basis and container lines offer more frequent service.