4th May 2022 By Staff Reporter | email@example.com | @foodtickernz
Zespri has stood up a number of work-arounds in China to combat Covid-19 lockdowns, which are slowing the distribution of kiwifruit from Shanghai port.
The kiwifruit marketer and exporter has established a second port at Taizhou, around 300km south of
Shanghai, however, it said unloading times are slow given bedding-in issues and robust Covid-19 inspections.
It is also sending more fruit to Japan earlier with plans to make the volume up later to China, as well as adding an additional vessel to send more fruit earlier to Europe.
Finally, from a supply chain side, Zespri said it had secured additional shipping capacity to build resilience into the system and help keep the fruit moving from New Zealand and avoid congested coolstores.
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