Delaware officials welcome Moroccan ambassador

November 19, 2012 9:09:00 AM PST
Morocco's ambassador to the United States is visiting Delaware to help celebrate the state's trade ties with the North African country.

Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons are among those who will welcome Mohamed Rachad Bouhlal to the Port of Wilmington on Monday.

The Wilmington port is North America's top fruit seaport and the leading port of entry for Moroccan clementines.

Since 2000, Fresh Fruit Maroc, a cooperative of citrus growers and exporters, has shipped more than 242,000 pallets of clementines valued at more than $345 million to Wilmington. The port has received 22,964 tons of clementines during the current season, a 114 percent increase over the previous year.


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