CMA CGM opens new routes
CMA CGM announced that it will launch a seasonal route between the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea from this month.
The route is named "Citrus Express" and is designed to meet the growing demand for transportation of citrus fruits.
After the route was opened, the calling ports from November to January include Syria, Turkey and the Black Sea; Egypt's ports will be added to it from January to April next year.
Every year to this season, agricultural and sideline products such as lemons and oranges in Turkey, oranges in Egypt, and apples in Syria are the best-selling and therefore the largest shipments.
Stephane Courquin, CMA's vice president of Asia-Mediterranean routes, said, "The purpose of opening a new route is to provide a more reliable and environmentally friendly option than land transport, while preventing the goods from spoiling."
"Relying on container refrigeration technology will prevent any deterioration of vegetables and fruits."
The French ship owner also explained that the citrus market is currently expanding, especially on the Mediterranean coast, where citrus production accounts for 80%.
It is understood that CMA CGM will deploy multiple modern ships on this route.