Monday, December 22, 2014

French Christmas Goodies Arrive in Vast Numbers by Ocean Container Freight - not Sleigh

Thousands of Tonnes of Luxury Cargo to Stock the World's Tables at This Time of the Year
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – According to that most Gallic operator CMA CGM, the third largest container shipping line in the world, Santa Claus is in fact not Scandinavian and riding a sleigh, but French and sailing a box vessel across the seven seas. In the past few months the company says it has travelled the world’s oceans to deliver more than 15,000 tonnes of great festive French products, chocolate, wine, Champagne or perfumes, to fill stockings and tables around the globe from Montreal to Montana or Shanghai to Singapore, for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Since November, amongst other things CMA CGM Ships have carried : 735,000 Yule logs and ice creams to La Réunion, New Caledonia, Algeria, Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere. 16 million chocolate bars among which 3 million to Australia, 2 million to Canada etc., 35,700 bottles of Cognac left Le Havre on 1 November aboard CMA CGM Corcovado to be delivered in New York City, USA whilst 360,000 bottles of perfume sailed from Le Havre on 21 November CMA CGM Aquila to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

One third of the gifts carried are luxury items and need particular care such as the 40 twenty foot reefer boxes which arrived on 17 November in Montreal loaded with French cheeses and chocolate, whilst cognac is always in much demand worldwide, but particularly at this time of the year. So if you live outside Western Europe and you crack open a bottle of Champagne for Christmas, there’s a fair chance you know who brought it for you, and not a sleigh in sight.