TPS (Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaíso), the operator of Port Valparaíso, Chile’s busiest port, recently announced the end of its cherry shipping season. From November 2020 to January this year, 170,000 tons of cherries were shipped, of which exports to Asia accounted for 99%. TPS also shipped 8,000 tons to other regions this season, seeing a year-on-year increase of 113.95%.
It is reported that the "Cherry Express" service offered by TPS that connects Valparaíso, an important seaport on the west coast of South America and Hong Kong, reduced the shipping time to 23 days, which greatly improves transportation efficiency. This fast, efficient, and direct cherry transportation service was launched a few years ago, largely to meet the market demand during the Chinese New Year. Oliver Weinreich, general manager of TPS, said that the effective development of cherries this season demonstrates the excellent performance of the “Cherry Express".
According to China Global Television, Chilean cherries can reach China by sea within 23 days after being harvested. Airfreight only takes 30 hours, but the cost is 12 times higher than sea freight, and only about 10% of Chilean cherries are transported by air. According to estimates by ASOEX at the beginning of the season, the production of Chilean cherries this season will exceed 310,000 tons, seeing an increase of 35.8% year-on-year, 90% of which will be shipped to China.
Source: Asian Fruit Preservation Technology Association