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Ready for another bumper fruit season

Posted on 31/03/2014

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Preparations for the upcoming fruit export season have been in full swing since the start of the year with 40-foot containers being readied and stacked at the Port. “We have good volumes of 40-foot containers available and will continue to build on that number so that we are well prepared to supply containers to customers,” says Port Nelson’s Terminal Operations Supervisor, Andy Farmer.

Space for container storage is at a premium at this time of year, says Andy, and a strip of the log yard has even been ‘borrowed’ for the purpose. “Indications are that we are in for a good season. The weather over the summer has been really good, with customers telling us that they’ve had just the right amount of rain.”

Last year’s fruit season was a very good one and it’s possible that 2014 container volumes may be very similar, says Andy.

“It’s very early days of course, and crops are vulnerable to the weather right up until they’ve been harvested and safely stored, but we’ve had very positive comments from growers.”