SWISS-ITALIAN international shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is launching an express service for cherry and fresh fruit cargo from Chile to Asia, starting today (November 18, 2020).
The Cherry Express service will run as a joint carrier agreement, connecting Asia and the west coast of Latin America.
The service will connect Valparaiso, Chile with a fast transit time to Hong Kong in 23 days. Shipments will arrive in Nansha and Shanghai in 25 and 26 days respectively, via transshipment from Hong Kong. In addition, shippers can rely on MSC's feeder network to reach other Southeast Asia destinations.
To complement the regular Cherry Express service, MSC will operate exclusively two more vessels with fast shipping service for weeks 49 and 51. Both vessels will sail on different days compared to the regular schedule, allowing customers greater flexibility during loading. The two vessels will also provide direct connection to a few different ports in Greater China, offering customers more choice in terms of destination ports.
In week 49, MSC Alessia will be calling at Shanghai and Hong Kong with transit times of 22 days and 25 days respectively. In week 51, MSC Fiammetta will be calling at Nansha and Hong Kong with a transit time of 23 days.
To allay concerns over cargo contamination still mounting amid the ongoing pandemic, fruit exporters in Chile can also rely on MEDLOG, MSC's logistics arm, to provide sanitised containers as a safety measure against Covid-19.
Cristian Montenegro, commercial director of MSC Chile commented: "With the introduction of two complementary vessels and the support of our MEDLOG depots in Chile, MSC will be able to reinforce this service by maintaining a constant flow of containers for our export customers."
Chile is the single largest supplier of cherries to China with Chilean cherry season running from November to January, which is often close to the Chinese New Year.