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Madagascar lychees return to Sete

Easyfresh France/Conhexa operates the quayside coldstore

Madagascar lychees return to Sete (Southern France) for the first time since 2017 after the "gilets jaunes" protest last year forced a vessel to divert to Zeebrugge.

As a matter of fact, our french Easyfresh colleagues (Conhexa) manage and operate Sete's refrigerated terminal. Besides it, DP World affiliate P&O Ports was awarded a three-year management contract to operate the multipurpose/container terminal in Port de Sète, in the south of France, in June 2017. The agreement included a clause that the contract could be converted into a long-term concession of up to 35 years.

Back to the lychees : Seatrade's vessel arrived this week straight from Madagascar following a 14 day journey. The ship unloaded the lychees for European clients. They were packaged in reefer containers and normal 1 ton pallets.

The temperature controlled storage areas of the Sete port coldstore have the capacity to treat 500,000 tons of perishable goods per year over 23,000m2. Their proximity to the quays and to water deeper than 450m enables them to work with conventional big ships and containers. They also have modern, high performing tools such as the Eurocrane container crane that was developed in 2012 and the mobile Liebher crane from 2013, both financed by the Etablissement Public Régional Port Sud de France.

Madagascar is the world's leading lychee producer with a yearly production of around 70,000 tons . The season is very short, from mid-November to mid-January. The European market remains their number one market with consumption averaging 18,000 tons. 




Sources ; Reefertrends and Freshplaza  / Pics : Conhexa

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