The logistics of getting fresh produce from India to the European market has proven difficult since the spread of COVID-19 in Europe. Demand has stayed relatively the same, but the challenges of logistics will make traders spread their chances over more markets.
In India, the situation is currently still under control when it comes to the coronavirus, says Himant Chavda, chairman for Krish International. “There have been 180 confirmed cases in India, with four people losing their lives. From the 22nd to the 29th of March all international flights will be canceled. You could say India is still in the Phase 2 Stage.” Kirsh International deals in fresh fruits as mangoes, grapes and pomegranates.
As time goes on, it becomes even more difficult to transport fruit and veg to other countries, Chavda says: “Especially when it comes to the European market, there has been a big impact on the fresh fruit and vegetable trade. With logistics becoming more challenging with every day that passes, it’s turning into a real problem. The demand is still there, but how can we deliver when we can’t make use of the normal logistic solutions. Most of the airlines have shut down a big chunk of their operation, so costs are becoming too high. Containers are also getting more expensive.”
Moving forward, Krish International intends to do everything it can to get as much of their produce to countries that need it. “We’ll have to stick together as humanity to fight this challenging situation we find ourselves in. This means we’ll have to look outside our normal markets and see if we can get any produce where there is demand for it. Hopefully the international markets will put their heads together to see how we can still manage to get fresh produce to its destination.” Chavda concludes.
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