Rwanda is set to continue its trial of avocado exports by sea freight after a successful initial shipment to Dubai in November, last year. The pilot shipment, which transported nearly 23 tons of Hass avocados, demonstrated that sea transportation was over 44 percent cheaper than air cargo. The avocados were delivered to Carrefour hypermarket in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
Exporters had the chance to learn from industry experts about the successes, challenges, and recommendations, as well as network with other stakeholders. This initiative aligns with Rwanda's plan to find an alternative and cost-effective means of transporting horticultural exports, as airfreight has proven to be expensive.