The first ever shipment of Hass avocados from Colombia to China is about to arrive in Shanghai, thanks to MSC’s Aztec service. An MSC vessel carrying 28 tons of the fruit set sail from the Pacific port of Buenaventura on May 28, and is scheduled to reach its destination within the next few days.
MSC has successfully loaded a first-time shipment of avocados from Colombia to China. 28 tons of the fruit are now being transported from Buenaventura using Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology, which keeps perishable products and temperature-sensitive cargo fresh for the entire journey.
This milestone journey follows a 2019 trade agreement allowing Colombia to export avocados to China. Gaining entry to the Chinese market, the world’s second largest economy, is a major opportunity for Colombian avocado growers. By bringing cargo to faraway destinations in perfect condition, MSC is proud to help South American companies expand their business beyond the continent.
A rising star in the global avocado trade
Thanks to its proximity to the equator, Colombia is able to produce avocados throughout the year. The country ranks among the world’s top producers and exporters of this nutritious and increasingly popular fruit. Demand is growing particularly rapidly in China, thanks to a rise in purchasing power and a shift towards a more varied diet, so Colombian exports will help to secure a fresh supply all year round.
However, moving avocados from one continent to another requires the highest level of care. Regulating the atmospheric composition inside the refrigerated or “reefer” containers throughout their journey is crucial, in order to preserve the fruit’s taste, freshness, texture and aroma.
The partner of choice
MSC was chosen to carry out this important task, thanks to our solid experience in transporting perishable goods. We use CA technology to slow down the ripening process and extend shelf-life. This allows fruit to travel long distances while retaining the same appearance, flavour and quality as when it was harvested.
We continually invest in the latest reefer technologies to offer our customers the best and most sustainable transport options, and recently added 5,000 new Star Cool CA units to our fleet. We also provide 24/7 customer support and expert advice on everything from cargo-stuffing to customs paperwork.
With demand for avocados continuing to soar in China, the future looks bright for Colombian growers – and MSC will be there to support them every step of the way.
From avocados to bananas, melons or mangoes, we specialise in delivering refrigerated cargo quickly and safely to destinations all over the world. Find out more about our end-to-end reefer services or visit www.msc.com/fruit for details on how we transport fruit and vegetables.
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