New Bedford Signs Sister Port Agreement with Vera Cruz

It takes just 6 days for a cargo ship to make the trip from New Bedford to the Port of Tuxpan, in Veracruz, Mexico. That is just about right for sending New Bedford fish to Mexico, or to bring fresh Mexican produce to Massachusetts.

New Bedford Harbor. Photo courtesy/NOAA Restoration Center, NE Region

On Wednesday [July 11], New Bedford officials signed a “sister port” agreement with Tuxpan, hoping to turn the city into a significant import-export hub, create hundreds of jobs, expand imports, and open up Mexican markets to Massachusetts companies.

The agreement could also lead to less expensive shipments of fruits and vegetables from Mexico to Massachusetts. A nonstop, all-water route “offers cheaper service in a similar time frame as trucking the cargo would,” said Ed Anthes-Washburn, acting port director in New Bedford.

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