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Growing a fruitful trade for Dover

Whilst you may know Dover best for its ferry and cruise ship businesses, the Port of Dover has long been a gateway for trade of a more tropical flavour, satisfying our insatiable appetite for bananas.  Five billion bananas are consumed in Britain every year!

Dover is a regular stop for Seatrade Reefer Chartering NV’s liner services from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuadaor, and Peru bringing weekly shipments of bananas, pineapples and other perishable cargoes to the famous south coast port.  With short transit times from the English Channel, Dover offers excellent onward distribution for this time critical produce.  The product must make it to the supermarket shelf ripe and in perfect condition.

Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas.  Seatrade’s weekly service from Ecuador calls at Dover every Sunday on one of a fleet of eleven dedicated refrigerated cargo ships, or so-called ‘reefers’ that ply the route.

This week the world’s major fruit suppliers and distributors are gathering in Berlin for FruitLogistica (8-10 February 2017).  With the Dover Western Docks Revival set to provide two new cargo berths, the Port of Dover and Seatrade Reefer Chartering NV are exhibiting in a bid to grow Dover's fruit trade.

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Posted on 03/02/2017