Earlier this year, a shipment of Peruvian sugar snap peas was sent successfully by Ocean Network Express (ONE) from Callao, Peru, to Yokohama, Japan with the help of controlled atmosphere (CA) technology from Daikin Reefer containers.
Headquartered in Japan, Daikin Reefer is the refrigeration business division of global refrigeration, air conditioning and climate control provider Daikin Industries, Ltd. The containerload departed Callao on June 17th and arrived in Yokohama on July 11th, spending 24 days in transit at sea. The 3080 cartons were loaded to ship on June 13th, making the total transit time 31 days between loading at port of origin to unloading upon arrival at port in Japan.
Japan has a high-end fresh produce market and consumer demand is for premium quality fruit, salad and vegetables, both cultivated domestically and imported. Fruit in particular can be regarded as a luxury item.
Peru continues to grow its position as a key exporter of fresh produce to Asia and its exports have grown exponentially since 2005 and Japan currently accounts for 12% of Peruvian exports.* Peruvian growers and exporters need to ensure produce arrives in a ‘fresh-picked’ state despite very long transit times, and are looking for alternatives to expensive air freight.