The freight division of Emirates moved over 150,000 tons of perishables (as well as 27,000 tons of pharmaceuticals) through Dubai between the beginning of April and mid-August 2019. This means the carrier’s perishables transport saw an increase of close to 6,000 tons compared to summer of 2017.
Emirates SkyCargo has invested in developing modern and ‘fit for purpose’ infrastructure at its Emirates SkyCentral DXB and DWC cargo terminals, due to which, according to the carrier, ‘Dubai has become an efficient and rapid transit point for cargo originating from and destined to a variety of cities across six continents’.
It has also transformed the perception of Dubai in the minds of global cargo customers from a transit stop to be avoided in summer because of high temperatures to a preferred state-of-the-art point of connection to markets around the world.
Every day, around 1,100 tons of food and other perishable products originating from different parts of the world move through Emirates SkyCargo’s terminals in Dubai. For example, the carrier transports specialty food produce from Italy including Parmigiano Reggiano and Bufalo Mozzarella cheese from Rome and Naples, Vignola cherries and kiwi fruit from Bologna and Modena, strawberries, fish and clam from the Venice area.
In 2018, Emirates SkyCargo flew close to 3,000 tons of perishables just from Italy to the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and other destinations in East Asia.