Damco rolls out cross-docking services in Ecuador
Freight forwarder and supply chain management solutions provider Damco now offers cross-docking services for bananas in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s principal commercial port, the company said in a statement.
According to the statement, the offer is the first of its kind and allows exporters to load banana cartons directly into containers and reduce time spent out of a refrigerated environment, thus prolonging shelf life and improving the fruit quality.
“Grower-exporters and retailers who use our facility will get access to a one-stop shop which handles all aspects of logistics - from stuffing to delivery at the final destination,” said Martin Romer, Damco’s Global Head of Business Development for Reefer Logistics.
The use of 40 foot containers in Ecuador has increased significantly, more than doubling from 50,000 forty foot containers a year in 2006 to an expected 112,000 in 2010. But local infrastructure has not improved with the same pace, the statement added.