MSC Completes First Ever Avocado Shipment from Colombia to China

MSC has successfully loaded a first-time shipment of avocados from Colombia to China. Using Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology, 28 tons of the fruit are now being transported from Buenaventura. The CA technology helps keep perishable products and temperature-sensitive cargo fresh for the entire journey.

This milestone journey follows a 2019 trade agreement allowing Colombia to export avocados to China. Gaining entry to the Chinese market is a major opportunity for Colombian avocado growers. By bringing cargo to faraway destinations in perfect condition, MSC says they are proud to help South American companies expand their business beyond the continent.

Thanks to its proximity to the equator, Colombia is able to produce avocados throughout the year. The country ranks among the world’s top producers and exporters of this nutritious and increasingly popular fruit. Demand is growing particularly rapidly in China, thanks to a rise in purchasing power and a shift towards a more varied diet, so Colombian exports will help to secure a fresh supply all year round.

Moving avocados from one continent to another requires the highest level of care, and MSC says their CA technology helps to slow down the ripening process and extend shelf-life. Regulating the atmospheric composition inside the refrigerated containers throughout their journey is crucial, in order to preserve the fruit’s taste, freshness, texture and aroma.

As such, MSC is continuing to invest into the technology and recently added 5,000 new Star Cool CA units to their fleet.