Costa Rica inaugurated a new maritime line between the Container Terminal of Moín (TCM) and the Port of Dunkirk, which will allow Costa Rican coffee, banana, and pineapple exporters to make direct transports to France with transit times of 12 to 15 days and no need for transfers. The main French shipping line, CMA-CGM, will take over this new service from its official start on July 13, taking Costa Rican products to Dunkirk, instead of to the port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
The news was well received by members of the perishable-product export sector, who will benefit from this new sea route to France that opens the possibility of shipping to the entire European continent.
The Port of Dunkirk is the most important port in France in terms of imports of fresh products in containers, with 2 million tons of perishable products per year.
"We visited Costa Rica three times during the last two years to try to convince importers, exporters, and the shipping lines about the opportunity to bring fresh fruit to the Port of Dunkirk to send it to Western Europe," stated Daniel Deschodt, the commercial manager of the Port of Dunkirk.