On Thursday, November 18, the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) will present the 13th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award to Eugene Bailey, Executive Director of the Port of Wilmington & Diamond State Port Corporation, at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia.

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The Port of Wilmington, which is owned and operated by the Diamond State Port Corporation, is a full-service deepwater port and marine terminal. At Mr. Bailey’s direction, the port handles approximately 400 vessels per year with an annual import/export cargo tonnage of more than 4 million tons. Between December 2009 and May 2010, 10,381,500 cases of Chilean fruit were fumigated and cleared at the Port of Wilmington alone.

The “Friend of Chile” Award is presented annually to an outstanding member of the regional business community who has demonstrated a commitment to fostering trade between this region and Chile. Mr. Bailey has exemplified the true meaning of this award through his leadership.

Additionally, in honor of Chile’s bicentennial year of independence, the CACC and the City of Philadelphia are pleased to recognize Compañía Sud America de Vapores (CSAV) with the first “Chilean Friend of Philadelphia” Mayor’s Citation for the significant impact the company has had on the Chilean fruit business in the region. Andres Kulka, President of CSAV North America, will receive the citation at this year’s luncheon.

In 1978, CSAV blazed the trail for bringing fresh fruit to Philadelphia. Annually, CSAV imports more than 22 million cases of Chilean fruit to the Delaware Valley and is the 10th largest shipping line in the world. It is a little known fact that Philadelphia receives 65 percent of Chile’s fresh fruit exports. CSAV has also created more than 300 jobs by making Philadelphia’s Tioga Fruit Terminal their home port in the United States.

To learn more about the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce visit www.caccgp.com.


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