The Port of San Antonio begins attending container ships within the framework of the 'Cherry Express' service

The port of San Antonio is getting ready for the start of the high season for cherry exports to China, which brings with it various logistical challenges for companies in the sector, carriers, and terminals in concession.

In this context, C&L Fruit representatives visited the DP World San Antonio facilities to learn about the container unloading process and equipment coordination.

"The goal of this visit was to see the complete logistics, from the departure of the container from our plant to the arrival at the port," said the head of Logistics and Foreign Trade of the firm, Ariel Galleguillos.

"Transporters are a fundamental ally. They are responsible for the last mile and having them on our side allows us to have an efficient supply chain; we are calm because we are doing things well,” stated the representative of C&L Fruit.

He also said that San Antonio was currently contemplating three Cherry Express services. The port must grow to continue shipping what is processed, he added. “We are about to start the season and we'll continue with plums, peaches, nectarines, grapes, and citrus fruits in winter. A great part of these products pass through San Antonio," he said.

Carlos Mondaca, the manager of Public Affairs of the Port of San Antonio, highlighted the productivity generated by the joint work on these dates. “Cherry exports will be strongly resumed this season, after the negative results caused by the pandemic in 2020-2021. This is a process that should involve all the actors in the logistics chain. The fruit season demands more work shifts. In this sense, companies play an important role,” he concluded.

11 ships are expected to call in the port of San Antonio from November 28 to January 1, 2022, all with cherries bound for China. The first will be the Cosco New York, a 294 meters long vessel with a capacity of 5,089 TEU. It will be followed by the Ever Lawful, a 334 meters long ship belonging to the Evergreen shipping line that has a capacity of 8,000 TEUs.



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