Air Cargo Management

LATAM Cargo increases its Chilean cherry exports by 30%

LATAM Cargo has maintained its leadership in the transportation of Chilean cherries, closing 2023 with approximately 7,546 tonnes exported from Chile.

LATAM Cargo has maintained its leadership in the transportation of Chilean cherries, closing 2023 with over 7,500 tonnes exported from Chile.

It represents a 32 per cent growth for the company compared to the previous year.

Chile leads in cherry exports in South America, and LATAM Cargo plays an essential role, transporting 30 per cent of the total volume by air.

Around 90 per cent of cherries are destined for Asia for Chinese New Year celebrations, while a smaller proportion is directed to other markets such as the US and Brazil.

To prepare for the season, LATAM Cargo incorporated 19 weekly frequencies from Santiago dedicated to cherries.

The company also added a new temporary cargo aircraft to its fleet to gain extra capacity for cherries and the upcoming high season for flowers, bringing the total number of aircraft to 20 and allowing the company to increase the offered capacity for cherries compared to the previous year.

Claudio Torres Faini, commercial senior vice president in South America at LATAM Cargo, said: “We are fully committed to providing our customers with solutions tailored to their needs.

“In response to a challenging season, we have implemented flexible measures, adjusting both flight frequencies and destinations.

“This has not only allowed us to offer our customers a greater variety of alternatives but has also generated growth opportunities, especially in the US market.”

LATAM Cargo inaugurated the 2023-2024 season with the first shipment of Chilean cherries departing from Santiago in mid-October 2023 on one of LATAM’s planes to New Zealand, later transported to China through interline agreements.

Air transportation becomes an essential alternative for cherry exporters, especially at the beginning of the season, thanks to the expedited transit time, where in only 45 hours, cherries departing from Santiago, Chile, can arrive in China.

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