Yesterday, a cargo plane left Darwin, bound for Singapore. Aboard were some 4 tons of mangoes. They are the first NT mangoes to be air-freighted via the new Darwin Export Hub.
Robert Hall from Seaway Logistics and Pak Fresh Handling was at the airport to watch the mangoes take off. "It's a four-hour flight to Singapore. We now have five of these flights a week, so hopefully in the next few days they'll be plenty of NT mangoes getting eaten in Singapore — it's pretty exciting times," he said.
Hall said as the mango season ramped up, it was hoped Territory mangoes could also be exported into Hong Kong over the coming weeks. "We've also got the vapour heat treatment (VHT) plant ready ... which will provide an opportunity to send fruit into premium markets like Korea and Japan."
The export hub has also been exporting pumpkins to Singapore. The new freight hub is reducing the time and money spent to export fruit from the NT.