New service part of strategy to provide end-to-end integrated solutions adapted to the needs of its customers

Maersk carried out its first-ever airfreighted shipments of Chilean cherries in the 2023/24 season. Between 21 November and the end of December the Danish company chartered five flights, each carrying 500 tonnes of Chilean cherries and with a transit time of 2-3 days.

Chilean cherries

“This move solidifies Maersk’s commitment to meeting the dynamic demands of global trade and serving our customers through multiple modes of transportation,” the shipping giant said.

“The air service addresses critical needs, helping to save costs by reducing production-to-delivery times and boosting overall sales by ensuring better product availability. It also helps fortify resilience and agility within the supply chain and plays an essential role in securing and elevating customer service standards by facilitating fast, visible and predictable deliveries.”

Nathalia Sallas, air product manager at Maersk for the West Coast of South America, said: “Air freight services are a big part of our strategy to provide end-to-end integrated solutions that adapt to the needs of our clients.

“We have established significant collaboration with key commercial airlines, which enables us to reach any destination and utilise various routes effectively.”

Magdalena Toro, Foreign Trade Specialist at XSUR, highlights their experience with Maersk’s excellence in air shipments for cherries.

Magdalena Toro, foreign trade specialist at Chilean exporter Xsur, commented: “We chose Maersk’s service for our first cherry shipment by air, and it was definitely the best option. We had traceability of our cargo throughout, and they were very efficient in managing the booking and documentation”.