Hong Kong Seaport Alliance’s (HKSPA) goal to embrace opportunities in the growing cold chain market is coming to fruition. By leveraging on Hong Kong’s unique location to support fruit businesses tapping into China’s growing mainland market, fresh produce worth more than US$ 3 billion is arriving at HKSPA’s terminals annually. Approximately 60% of this crop is then transported onward to mainland China. Hong Kong is now widely recognised as the port of choice for fruit shipments across the border.
Through the deployment of more than 7,800 reefer points, twice the capacity of other terminals in South China – and its high levels of efficiency and productivity, HKSPA expedites every container of fruit through its facilities to enable the freshest delivery to market.
Simple, convenient and fast customs procedures means Shenzhen is an hour away, while one of the world’s largest fruit outlets, Guangzhou’s Jiangnan Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, is just four hours by road. For large or less time-sensitive shipments, shippers may choose the Hong Kong-Nanhai Reefer Express 17-hour barge service to get their fruit consignments to market. It is this level of service that makes Hong Kong the main gateway to Mainland China for fruit shipments.