A local vendor in Haiti sorts through used mattresses for resale. A mattress is one of the most sought after commodities in the underground, break-bulk shipping industry between Miami and Haiti and is considered to be “gold” among vendors.
A local vendor in Haiti sorts through used mattresses for resale. A mattress is one of the most sought after commodities in the underground, break-bulk shipping industry between Miami and Haiti and is considered to be “gold” among vendors. - 

If you travel down to the Miami River in Florida, you might come across a micro-economy that centers around “break-bulk" shipping, a labor-intensive system where cargo is moved piece by piece, by people, instead of in giant metal crates and automated equipment.

It's also a system that runs on orderly chaos — there are no set quotas; people who use the break-bulk system are usually sending thrift store junk; and prices for shipping said junk can be haggled over as they would at a flea market.

Stevedores atop the ship "Magestic" unload cargo at Port-de-Paix in Haiti. The items sent from Miami range from rice to old cars.
Stevedores atop the ship "Magestic" unload cargo at Port-de-Paix in Haiti. The items sent from Miami range from rice to old cars. - 
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