Hapag-Lloyd launched, as it did last year, its Cherry Express offer to optimize shipments of Chilean cherries to China. The Cherry Express offers a weekly AN1 service on the Far East - WCSA route that is operated jointly with MSC (under the Inca brand), ONE (AX1), and HMM (NW1).
Cherry Express also incorporates a stop in Hong Kong that connects directly with Valparaíso, with a transit time of 22 days. Hong Kong is the port of entry for cherries to the Chinese market, as well as a transfer point for other Asian destinations.
The first direct connection between Valparaiso and Hong Kong will be performed by the 10,010 TEU MOL Benefactor ship, which will depart on November 13 and arrive in Hong Kong on December 5.
The AN1 service will make stops at the ports of Keelung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Manzanillo (Mex), Lazaro Cardenas, Callao, Iquique, Antofagasta (alternate departures), Valparaiso, Coronel, Valparaiso (from where the cherries will be exported), Hong Kong (where they will be downloaded), and Keelung.