Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced the implementation of improvements in its ALX1 service, which will reduce transit times from the port of Valparaiso to Hong Kong to only 23 days. The modification will be implemented from the end of November to the beginning of January 2019.
The Japanese shipping company stated that it offered competitive transit times to the ports of Pusan, Xingang, Shanghai, and Dalian. The improvements in the service will begin from week 47 with the departure of the Cochrane container carrier, which is scheduled for November 20 from Valparaíso and which is scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong on December 14.
The improved itineraries of the ships that depart from Valparaíso and arrive to Hong Kong will be as follows: the Coyhaique vessel will depart on 11/27/18 and arrive on 12/21/18; the CisneS vessel will depart on 4/12/18 and arrive on 28/12/18; the Corcovado is set to depart on 11/12/18 and arrive on 4/1/19; the MOL Beyond ship will depart on 12/18/18 and arrive on 11/01/19; the Cautin vessel will depart on 12/25/18 and arrive on 1/18/19; and the Cauquenes vessel will set sail on 01/01/2019 and arrive on 25/01/2019.
ONE also said that, according to Chinese tradition, the red color symbolizes good luck and has an auspicious meaning, especially during the winter months prior to the Chinese New Year. That's why dark red cherries are so popular during the Chinese winter, which coincides with Chile's cherry season, which begins in early December, and that is why cherry exports to China are mainly bought as gifts for loved ones.
In recent years Chilean red cherries have managed to gain a space in the Chinese market, due to their attractive dark red color, superior flavor and quality. According to ONE, the popularity of Chilean cherries has skyrocketed to new heights in China with the development of global commerce and e-commerce platforms that now allows more people to buy this luxury fruit over the Internet.
According to customs data, Chilean cherry exports reached a record of 184,809 tons during the 2017/18 season; 80% to 85% of which is sent to China.
ONE will face the new season with this adjustment in its transit times, which will help the fruit arrive faster at retail shelves and in higher quality conditions; allowing exporters to obtain higher prices for their cherries in the Chinese market.