Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Reefer Boxes Broken Out as Container Shipping Line Announces New Schedule

Time of Year to Start the Movement of Citrus Fruit
Shipping News Feature

SYRIA – TURKEY – BLACK SEA – It’s that time of year again and French container shipping group CMA CGM has announced re-commencement of it aptly named seasonal Citrus Express service spread over two port rotations and designed to suit the needs of those shippers who need to export citrus fruits and apples from East Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

The Turkish lemons and tangerines, the Egyptian oranges or the Syrian apples all have to be carried in refrigerated containers. Thanks to the very high specification technology now employed in the company’s reefer boxes the goods remain at a temperature, a humidity and an atmosphere adapted to ensure their perfect conservation.

The service will make port calls as follows:

Syria, Turkey and the Black Sea, from November to January

Egypt, Syria, Turkey and the Black Sea, from January to April

The citrus market is growing year on year with obvious benefits for the exporting countries. With 80% of the citrus being produced on the Mediterranean coast CMA CGM says its expertise in the field of reefer transport pays dividends. Vice-President of CMA CGM Asia Med Lines Stephane Courquin, commented:

“As usual, the Group proves its flexibility by adapting its service offer. With Citrus Epress we are responding to our clients’ demand and we support citrus export development in Turkey and Egypt. The objective is to propose a more reliable and ecological alternative to road transport which also presents a risk of spoilage, with the reefer containers, all degradation will be avoided.”