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Spain: Freshuelva proposes that Rotterdam ship accomodates transport of fridge trucks

The suggestion is a system similar to the one used to cross the Strait (Gibraltar) so the cold chain is not lost.

With the opening, in mid June, of a new regular line between Rotterdam and Huelva's capital, the range of possibilities for the commerce between the two cities widens, especially for fruit and vegetables.

This was confirmed yesterday, the manager of the cherry producers and exporters association of Burgos, Rafael Domínguez Guillén, believes that this way of sea communication can "be very effective if it continues from Rotterdam to Scandinavia: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and even Russia".

Although, for the transport of extremely perishable products, like berries (specially strawberry), Freshuelva considers that storage will continue to be a problem. "You cannot ever brake the cold chain", because the whole delivery could be lost. For Domínguez Guillén, it's unthinkable that "a strawberry takes more than 6 hours in a container, waiting in a port, facing the weather".

Freshuelva is not convinced that this line could count on an insurance to cover possible losses, since "if the supermarket chain doesn't get the goods, one loses the client; some trial runs should be done to see what happens".

The president Alberto Garrocho proposed to use the same system as in Morocco, to cross the Strait with their strawberries: "That travel inside trucks".

Meaning that, if "the truck with its equipment could go on a ship ready for it, the fruit wouldn't lose its cold chain and could arrive to any destination". But for that "they must have properly equipped boat and very good ones", he added.

Source: Huelvainformacion

Publication date: 7/5/2011


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