2019 has begun and along with it the first of the peak seasons special days – Valentine´s Day and Women’s Day. Expectations are high, and the numbers suggest it might be a record-breaking high season for volumes. "Unfortunately, the supply of air freight over the last 12 months or so has not managed to keep up with the demand for flowers, especially when considering the US market", according to Logiztik Alliance.
This has led to many exporters and clients alike turning their attention to the possibility of maritime shipments. "Sea freight has historically been considered a less than ideal alternative for flower shipments. However, due to the increased costs associated with air freight, it has become an interesting alternative which many are now beginning to consider and use. Though the increased transit time might be a drawback, there are quite a few notable benefits to maritime shipment including lower freight costs, a safer and more continuous cold chain, less handling of product, among many others. To put into perspective - a full container load of flowers generates approximately a 46% reduction per cubic meter on freight costs compared to shipments by air depending on the season and destination. Though transit time is generally considered a limitation, it is not an insurmountable deterrent. Shipments from Ecuador to Miami usually take around 6 transit days from port to port, while shipments from Colombia can take around 3 transit days."
"While we at Logiztik Alliance have been shipping containers of flowers on a consistent basis for over 10 years into markets in South America, we see enormous potential for growers and customers alike in other markets to consider sea freight as a complementary alternative to air freight."
Recently, they successfully received in their Miami warehouse their first ever fresh cut flower container from Colombia. "The container consolidated product from 8 different Colombian growers (from both Medellin and Bogota) and was destined for 3 different customers from the USA and Canada.The average internal temperature of the container during transit was an optimum 1.5 degrees centigrade and was filled with 648 boxes of fresh flowers, including Roses, Alstroemeria, Carnations, Pomps, Mini Carnations, Ruscus, Aralia, Lily Grass, just to name a few. As always Logiztik Alliance Group is at the forefront of new product development and we are pleased to offer a full range of maritime services from Ecuador and Colombia to our customers throughout North America. This is an exciting step in the flower industry which we hope will allow our customers to reap the benefits of maritime shipping."