A new historical cargo transfer record has been achieved at Southern Pacific Terminal in the export of cherries, which reached 213,206 tons moved in the 2023–2024 season so far. The volume translates into an increase of 15% compared to the previous cycle, with the largest record in Valparaíso with 185,000 tons.
The biggest increase in transfers made by TPS in its Port of Valparaiso was in the cherry on reefer containers, which increased by 27% compared to last season, with records of 211,810 tons compared to 167,010 tons, respectively.
To date, 41 ships have shipped cherries to TPS this season, mostly destined for the Far East, which accounts for 96% of these exports, while the remaining 4% is concentrated in Europe and North America.
Oliver Weinreich, general manager of TPS, commented that “the current cherry season is a little longer than the previous one, which allows us to have more ships with high capacity on the direct route of this product to Asia. For our terminal, this is a big challenge because at the peak of this season we have ships moving historic quantities of cherries, especially in January, with shipments of the order of 1,100 to 1,400 containers per ship, so this good result reinforces “our commitment to the fruit exporters of Chile and the entire chain of the Valparaíso port system, as well as to provide excellent service to all our clients so they will continue to prefer this port for their operations.”
Franco Gandolfo, general manager of Empresa Puerto Valparaíso, maintains that this historical record “of our concessionaire Terminal Pacífico Sur, which we greatly appreciate for the professionalism of all the people who make up this organization and who are a fundamental part of this success, also shows the commitment, competitiveness, and efficiency of the entire logistics chain in Puerto Valparaíso. Here, there is planning, coordination, and a lot of effort from all the actors involved to develop the demanding fruit season in the best way, and especially about the shipment of cherries to China, because there is an image of the country behind it, which must be emphasized. Therefore, having this record has a double merit.”
“This period, without a doubt, is challenging, but we managed to arrive with a good quantity and quality of fruit in China, the main destination of our cherries. Cherry Express allowed us to shorten the time on arrival, especially during a season that started late and was extended due to weather conditions. Our cherries have a lot of consumption and demand among Chinese consumers before the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated on February 10, so we believe this is a good campaign,” he added. Claudia Soler, executive director of the Chilean Fruit and Cherry Committee.