Big jump in kiwifruit exported from Northport
Kiwifruit exporters are making good use of the seasonal fortnightly shipping service by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) directly from Northport to Brisbane and Singapore, and from there to the rest of the world. About half of all kiwifruit exported from Northland now leave on this service, initiated three years ago, up from 25 percent in the first year.
The service is available for any kind of container shipment and has improved markedly the sea freight transit times for local importers and exporters. Even logs are now being containerised to take advantage of the MSC service, allowing exporters to reach new niche markets more efficiently through the hubs of Brisbane and Singapore.
The volume of container traffic through Northport continues to grow and we offer a one-stop shop for both importers and exporters. We can receive and store cargo, pack and devan containers if required, provide VGM compliance certification, and load or unload cargo using our two mobile harbour cranes.
We’re delighted to see an increase in the number of refrigerated containers being shipped through Northport. Uptake has been mainly by kiwifruit exporters.