Hapag-Lloyd launches ‘Cherry Express’ for Chile cherry exports to Asia

Hapag-Lloyd has launched the so-called “Cherry Express” on the West Coast South America (WCSA) – Asia trade to coincide with the beginning of the cherry season in Chile.

The Cherry Express is anchored in its weekly service AN1 on the WCSA – Asia route, which is operated jointly with MSC – under the Inca brand, Ocean Network Express as AN1, and HMM as NW1.

It is the second year Hapag-Lloyd has made this service available. The ‘Cherry Express’ also incorporates a call in Hong Kong that connects directly with Valparaíso, with a transit time of 22 days. Hong Kong is used as a port of entry of cherries to the Chinese market, as well as a point for other Asian destinations.

The first direct connection between Valparaíso and Hong Kong will be launched by the 10,010-teu ship ‘MOL Benefactor’ with a departure scheduled for 13 November, arriving in Hong Kong on 5 December.

The AN1 service stops at the ports of Keelung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Manzanillo-Mexico and Lázaro Cárdenas, Callao, Iquique, Antofagasta (alternate outings), Valparaíso, Coronel, Valparaíso (for cherry exports), Hong Kong (for cherry imports) and Keelung.