Reefer shipping, particularly for the fruit sector, remains well-positioned says Dailin Reefer.
This, despite increasing trade disputes affecting the container shipping industry, which have led to containers standing idle in a number of ports worldwide.
Daikin cites a number of factors for the robust fruit market such as the high demand for fresh and frozen food from China and the lifting of restrictions on beef imports that have helped boost demand for reefer containers.
‘We have seen significant growth in shipments to Asia in particular and expect this trend to continue as tastes evolve and wealth grows, especially as even greater value is now placed on the health benefits of ‘superfoods’ such as avocados and berries – many of which travel long distances from Latin America to Asia, the company says.
Daikin says its Active CA technology is making a difference to growers and shippers transporting fresh produce around the globe. Daikin Active CA is an active technology that allows for the transport fresh produce items to new markets over even longer transit times between continents with no degradation of quality.
“Now growers and produce shippers alike see real potential to expand their trade horizons with this technology. Examples of this include shippers transporting Peruvian avocados to India with a transit time of 50 days at sea – these are two countries that had seen little commercial exchange in fresh produce until growers and shippers started using Daikin Active CA.
“Other examples of long-distance travel using Active CA include shipping snow peas (mangetout) from developing countries to Europe. Our technology has even supported shipments of asparagus from the USA to Japan by sea – produce that previously relied on air freight to get to market – a game-changer for perishable cargoes, Daikin says.