UAE: Etihad Cargo working hard on ensuring continuous supply of perishables

Having continued to grow over the last decade, the perishable export market has remained robust during the COVID-19 pandemic amid strong segment demand and governments working to ensure a continuous supply of perishable products.

Etihad Cargo has been well-placed to leverage the increased demand, and through its dedicated FreshForward product the company safely transports perishables such as flowers, fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, and meat, while maintaining product integrity across its global network in accordance with the latest IATA standards, international requirements, local regulations, and best practices.

Despite last year’s disturbances related to COVID-19, transport for perishables remains high, according to Fabrice Panza, Etihad Cargo’s manager of global cool chain solutions. “It’s true, globally you would have faced a decrease in the capacity (due to COVID-19) but when you look at the figures you also see that perishables continued to be transported at a high volume for any airlines,” said Panza.

With a high volume of produce being transported, FreshForward prides itself with a consistent and thorough examination of the factors and best practices in the cold chain process that affect the maintenance of the product.

“When we look at perishables, we look at the kind of packaging to be shipped; there are quite a few requirements depending on the commodity itself and the nature of the good,” said Panza.

But it’s not only about catering to the best maintenance of the product.

“It’s about speed and being quick in the process,” said Panza. “It’s about effectiveness and productivity, it’s about making sure it’s the right temperature during operation with different commodities and it’s about providing the right environment and conditions so that from a product point of view the integrity of the product is being respected.”

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