Hong Kong welcomes first Chilean Cherry containers for new season


Modern Terminals, a Hong Kong Seaport Alliance member, discharged this season’s first batch of Chilean Cherry containers for the south China market on 9 December. 

The containers arrived in Hong Kong 23 days after they were loaded onto the container ship at Valparaiso, Chile, thanks to the HOT BOX arrangement provided by the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance.

The arrangement enables immediate connection to trucks and barges before being transported to consumer markets in south China.

Within hours of being offloaded at the Port of Hong Kong, trucks and barges can then transport these containers across mainland China and arrive at the renowned Jiangnan Fruit Wholesale market in Guangzhou. 

Treasured as a Chinese New Year gift, the rich and red Chilean Cherry symbolises joy, blessings, and good fortune. 

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“Hong Kong plays an important role in our cherry exports acting as the main gateway for thousands of Chilean Cherry containers destined for the Mainland China market and the rest of Asia,” said Consul General of Chile in Hong Kong, Osvaldo Alvarez. 

Through swift delivery from Hong Kong, the cherries’ quality, freshness, and flavour are all preserved by the time it reaches south Chinese consumers. 

Hong Kong is also the ideal location for the transhipment of Chilean Cherry containers to markets in the rest of Asia since it has 8,000 reefer plugs accessible at the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance and links to all of Asia. 

To mark the occasion, Chilean and Hong Kong representatives congregated on site to welcome the containers and celebrate Hong Kong’s status as the key gateway for the Chilean Cherry containers.

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