The first Brazilian melons of the season arrive at the port of Rotterdam

On Friday, September 16, the first conventional reefer ship carrying melons from Brazil arrived at the Rotterdam Fruit Wharf (RFW) fruit terminal in the Port of Rotterdam, reports the Dutch port.

The RFW Fruit Terminal is a transit station for fruit arriving at the Port of Rotterdam. European fruit importers use reefer containers or specialized reefer ships to import fresh fruit from the southern hemisphere. These vessels can dock directly at RFW docks.

Bob van Bruggen, IJsbreker TV

Weekly maintenance
In recent years, only 40 reefer containers have been used for Brazilian melons. But this season, the exporter Agricola Famosa has chosen to use a different modality. A weekly navigation has been set up with the shipping company GreenSea. It uses specialized reefers to ship melons from Fortaleza in Brazil to Vigo in Spain, Dover in England and Rotterdam.

This weekly service to Rotterdam arrives at RFW, where, immediately after unloading the vessel in one of the cold stores, the phytosanitary inspection and customs formalities are carried out. The melons can then enter free circulation and be transported to their final destination in Europe. The great advantage is that the loading port of Fortaleza is directly connected to European destination ports, which results in a fast transit time. This benefits the quality of the melons.

Bob van Bruggen, IJsbreker TV

Melon season
The Brazilian melon season begins as the European season draws to a close. During the summer, the Netherlands buy most of their melons from Spain. The Brazilian season runs from September to February and RFW expects around 20 Greensea ship arrivals. This is quite impressive since only 40 reefer containers have been used in recent years.

Source: Port of Rotterdam

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