NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chiquita Brands International Inc. is returning its shipping operations to Gulfport, Mississippi, from the Port of New Orleans.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Andrew Biles, Chiquita's president and CEO, made the announcement Wednesday.
Chiquita will employ 10 management and operations personnel, while providing local longshoremen additional hours lost when, after 40 years in Gulfport, the company moved its shipping operations to New Orleans in 2014.
The company maintained ripening operations in Gulfport.
Chiquita's new lease with the port is for an initial term of 40 years, through 2056.
Bryant says Chiquita's return demonstrates the Port of Gulfport is the right fit for companies with international shipping needs.
New Orleans port CEO Gary LaGrange said in a statement he was sorry to hear the decision.