Cargo Center for Flower Market

Plans are underway in Chicago, USA to open a cargo center for perishable goods which includes flowers, one of the foremost products in the perishable goods category.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

From an article by the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

Market development of floriculture in the U.S. has shifted mainly towards determining the capacity of distribution centers. The productive sector has registered quantitative declines since the late 80s. Production costs, intrinsic agricultural capacity of the leading suppliers / exporters of flowers and trade agreements have caused the U.S. floriculture industry to focus on its distribution centers and retail outlets.

In search of progress in standardized and statistical distribution channels in the Midwest, particularly in Illinois, the Department of Aviation of the City of Chicago plans to open a cargo center for perishable products, in which, flowers feature as the star product in this category. The project will perform its functions at O'Hare Airport, considered according to statistics from "Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce" as the fifth busiest airport in the world in terms of abundance of passengers, with connections reaching more than 200 locations in the United States and other countries. Within this model, Chicago can be considered as a major player and fundamental distributor in the the value chain in the United States.

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