Pana-Maxing Out

Packer Avenue Marine Terminal Photo by Bradley Maule, PhillySkyline.com

The Panama Canal will celebrate its 100th anniversary, in 2014, with its first ever expansion, adding about 50% more capacity. When the project is completed, 50 ships will pass through the canal per day.

Does that mean more port business for Philadelphia?

Potentially so: the Port of Philadelphia handles more Chilean fruit than any other in the US, 328,904 metric tons in 2010. With the new Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market on-line, demand is likely to rise. But not only for fruit. Also from the Panama Canal route: in February and March, crop and flower seeds from Chile and Argentina.

About the author

Nathaniel Popkin is co-founder of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (with Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott) and two novels, Everything is Borrowed and Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of Who Will Speak for America, an anthology forthcoming in June 2018, and the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."



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