The volume of table grapes shipped during the 2019-2020 fruit season through the Puerto Caldera Maritime Terminal (TMPC), which is located in the Chilean region of Atacama, increased over the previous season and totaled 41,301 pallets - equivalent to 3,845. 754 boxes - stated Christopher Aliste, the commercial manager of TMPC.
During the fruit export season, which began on December 15, 2019, “a total of 10 ships were served: 7 from the Global Reefers shipping company and 3 from Cool Carriers. The number of ships is equivalent to the number of shipments,” the executive said.
At the beginning of the grape shipment period, Puerto Caldera expected to export 35,000 pallets of fresh fruit, compared to the 41,301 pallets that they managed to transfer. “There was a 21% increase in the volume of grapes for export that was transferred from the Copiapo Valley to Puerto Caldera, which largely adjusts to the initial projection that we, the producers, and shipping companies had made,” Aliste stated.
Regarding their short term projects, Aliste stated, “we hope to make new businesses that will allow us to resume direct exports through our port. To achieve this, we are working on establishing new shipping services and strategic alliances with regional producers.”