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Direct route between Brazil and Europe for the transport of fruits
Maersk Line launched a direct route to Europe that will be covered by four vessels with a capacity of 1,800 TEU. The new route will meet the growing demands of fruit producers in the Northeast region of Brazil.
The four ships will make their way to the ports of Algeciras, Rotterdam, and Tilbury, substituting the SAMMAX ship (South American Max), which won the route by offering a capacity of 8,000 TEU.
"We have listened to our customers and decided to invest time and money to offer them the best possible service with this new configuration of the business, using smaller vessels with a direct and frequent line," said Maersk Line director, Antonio Dominguez.
"This change will favor Brazilian producers and also European consumers, as it guarantees that the products will arrive quickly, frequently, and they will be fresh and have the best conditions for consumption when they arrive on the supermarket shelves," he added.
The service, which will meet the demand during the fruit harvest season in Brazil, began on November 11 and ends in February. Producers from the states of Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Bahia, and Ceara will benefit from the new route. Some of the main fruits exported from these regions are melons, mangos, grapes, watermelons, and Tahiti lime.
"The investment reinforces the long-term commitment of Maersk Line to develop its business in the Northeast of Brazil," said Dominguez. "We see a lot of potential in the region and we believe that the Port of Pecem can become the axis of Northeast Brazil," he added.
Publication date: 11/21/2017
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