San Diego’s port may not have the shipping volume to match other high-traffic West Coast ports, but it still serves as a key entry point for produce and other goods from Central and South America.

"We’ve brought in produce from Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica," Ed Plant, owner of Harborside Refrigerated Services, told Farm Bureau members from Iowa last week during a tour of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego. "Our location puts us close to Southern California distribution centers as well as (being) the closest West Coast port to South and Central America."

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