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Chilean fruit export season opens with first call ever at port of Huasco

Fast, Direct, Dedicated, the ability and flexibility of the specialized reefer has enabled exporters to load early grapes in their natural port: Huasco.

Seatrade's Polarlight inaugurated the 2014/2015 Chilean fruit export season with a first ever call for a specialized reefer vessel at the port of Huasco.

Fast , Direct, Dedicated, the ability and flexibility of the specialized reefer has enabled exporters of the Vallenar Valley in North Chile to load close to 2000 pallets of early grapes destined to the USA market in their natural port: Huasco.

Located 287 miles north of Valparaiso, and in between Caldera and Coquimbo, Huasco is only 100 km from the Alto del Carmen growing area, saving main shippers Santa Maria and Campillay 300 km of round trip trucking. Seatrade's reefer Polarlight, operated by Global Reefers loaded swiftly and departed on the 30th of November.

Coordinated efforts from exporters, local authorities, the Las Losas port and Global Reefers made possible this historical first, which shows that a dedicated approach to specialized reefer logistics enables enormous cost savings, faster arrival to markets and use of local infrastructure which does not require additional heavy investments.

The Polarlight will discharge the first Chilean grapes in Wilmington on the 14th of December, marking the start of what is expected to be a strong season, which will have Global Reefers and Seatrade place up to 25 sailings until the end of March and carry over 200,000 pallets between Chile and the US East and West Coasts.

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