By Rosemary Weber :: September 29, 2020
Apple picking season is upon us and that means CFI is working with many apple exporters to move 40’ Hi-Cube refrigerated containers mainly to Asia, specifically South-East Asia. While we have many years of successful apple export seasons under our belt, several new factors will influence the exporting of this delicious fruit this year. While we aren’t under the same duress of tariffs, new difficulties include:
However, due to a robust U.S. economy and U.S. double-digit online purchases connected with COVID19, there is virtually no space on the Trans-Pacific Inbound Trade lane for refrigerated units. Therefore it is anticipated there will be a shortfall of refrigerated equipment this apple season.
Combining the equipment imbalance with less space, as carriers control their liftings, is a recipe for anxious shippers and carriers.
Despite a severe lack of equipment, by working with the shippers on weekly allocations and keeping an open dialogue with the carriers regarding these allocations, Commodity Forwarders is prepared for the onslaught of apples. We are watching each carrier’s weekly reports on equipment availability and forecasting. CFI expects to match each carrier with the bookings required by our shippers for a healthy marriage of the two.