Shanghai Municipal Government

06/13/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/12/2019 22:04

'Refrigerated' South African grapefruit cargo arrives in Shanghai

Refrigerated cargo ship Baltic Summer, which left South Africa carrying more than 600 tons of grapefruit, arrived at Shanghai Nangang Port on June 11.

It was the first batch of citrus fruit to be shipped from South Africa to China following a refrigerated shipping agreement between the two countries came into effect.

To cut the inspection and unloading time and ensure freshness of the fruit, the Yangshan Immigration Inspection Station went through pre-check procedures and applied for boarding certificates of dockworkers in advance through the Shanghai Free Trade Zone's single-window platform.

Shanghai Nangang Port began to import fresh fruit shipped by refrigerated vessels in 2016. It is the FTZ's first fruit import port that has the cross-border e-commerce function.

Altogether eight ships carrying 80,000 tons of fresh fruits from the southern hemisphere have arrived at Shanghai Nangang Port this year.