Emirates SkyCargo boost perishables from Vietnam to UAE
Emirates SkyCargo has seen volumes of exports of fruits including rambutans and lychees from Vietnam to Dubai increase five times over during the last year.
Vietnam is an important market for food exports and the freight division of Emirates airline has been working closely with Vietrade- Vietnam’s Trade Promotion Agency to understand the requirements of Vietnamese exporters.
The airline has also sought to help develop export opportunities for Vietnamese produce in international markets specifically in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East.
In 2016, Vietnam’s agro-forestry-fishery exports were valued at over $32 billion.
As a result of the collaborative efforts between Emirates SkyCargo and Vietrade, the volume of perishables exports from Vietnam to Dubai has increased considerably, touching a record of close to 110 tonnes in January 2017 alone.
“Emirates SkyCargo started operations in Vietnam in 2008 and has since then played an important role in the growing trade between Vietnam and the UAE. By working closely with Vietrade and by building upon our expertise in shipping perishables, we developed air freight solutions that have helped increase the exports of premium fruits and vegetables from Vietnam to Dubai,” said Ravishankar Mirle, Emirates vice president, Cargo Commercial, Far East and Australasia.
“We will work with our customers and stakeholders to promote and develop new trade lanes for exports from Vietnam to global markets,” he added.
“Vietnam has huge comparative advantages in agriculture. That is why we requested Emirates SkyCargo to position its product offering to facilitate exports of perishable products by air freight to capitalise on the country’s vast potential,” said Pham Binh Dam, Ambassador of Vietnam to the UAE.
“We are happy to see the sharp increase in volume in the past year and will continue to work with Vietnamese producers and exporters for their greater market penetration."
Emirates SkyCargo operates a weekly capacity of over 580 tonnes through 18 flights including four weekly freighter services. The launch of the daily passenger flight from Dubai to Hanoi on the Boeing 777-300ER, offering up to 20 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight from 1 July 2017 will further support trade from Vietnam to other markets through Emirates SkyCargo’s global network of 155 destinations in 83 countries .
In addition to perishables Emirates SkyCargo also helps export electronics and marine products from Vietnam.
Emirates SkyCargo recently launched Emirates SkyFresh- a suite of solutions that help maintain the freshness of perishables and fresh consumables during transportation.
Emirates SkyCargo operates state of the art cool chain facilities at its Emirates SkyCentral cargo hubs at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central including over 25,000 square metres of dedicated temperature controlled storage space and reefer trucks operating 24/7 between Dubai World Central and Dubai International airport.