Saturday 25 September 2021

Chinese shipping company opens direct service from Moín to Shanghai

The new direct service to Shanghai will be on a Cosco ship that comes from Houston, arrives at the Moin Container Terminal in Limon and then leaves for China.

Paying the bills


Canadian airlines will start flying back to Costa Rica on October 2

QCOSTARICA - Four Canadian airlines will resume their flights...

8-year-old boy dies abruptly of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - An eight-year-old boy who had no risk...

Vaccinations face unfounded fears over AstraZeneca dosages

QCOSTARICA - The goal of immunizing 500,000 people over...

There are potholes and then there are potholes!

QCOSTARICA - Imagine your vehicle being devoured by a...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 25: “EVEN” ending plates CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Saturday, September 25, vehicles with...

Legislators to begin discussion on reducing the 2022 Marchamo this Monday

QCOSTARICA - The political fractions, except that of the...

No National Census in 2022!

QCOSTARICA - The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos...
Paying the bills


The Chinese state-owned shipping and logistics services supplier company, Cosco (China Ocean Shipping Company), opened a new maritime service between Moin (Limon), and Shanghai (China), which will reduce transit time from 34 to 40 days to 22 or 23 days.

The new direct service to Shanghai will be on a Cosco ship that comes from Houston, arrives at the Moin Container Terminal in Limon and then leaves for China. Photo for illustrative purposes courtesy of APM Terminals

The first ship arrived last Sunday at the Moín Container Terminal (TCM) and left at dawn on Monday after collecting volumes of four Costa Rican products: pineapple, banana, meat and orange juice.

- Advertisement -

The export sector, the Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex) and the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) celebrated the opening of this service, as sales to the Asian giant had encountered major logistics problems, so much so that transits of up to 40 days, reduced the competitiveness of fresh Costa Rican products.

Cosco’s ship came from Houston, Texas, docked at Moin and from there sailed on a direct trip to Shanghai, something that had not been achieved so far. At this test time, the service will be repeated in 22 days.

Alfredo Volio, vice president of the National Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (Canapep), explained that after serious transportation problems to send that fruit to China, in November last year, producers and the head of Comex, Dyalá Jiménez, traveled to China and they raised the problems with Cosco.

Volio, who is a pineapple producer and exporter, recalled that the first experience presented him with a series of problems. “Some containers were sent by Moín, others by Caldera, others by Panama after a long land transfer, a complete nightmare,” he lamented.

Such inconveniences, he stressed, lengthened the times, but shipments had to be made to meet customers.

For Volio this is a very good step, although now they have two challenges. First, buyers and distributors in China must be recovered; and, on the other hand, it is necessary to demonstrate to Cosco that the frequency of the service is needed once a week because for exporters of fresh products it is of great relevance the frequency of the trips.

- Advertisement -

Through a free trade agreement (FTA), which has been in effect since August 1, 2011, Costa Rica had intended to enter the Chinese market. However, specific phytosanitary protocols for each product must be negotiated, and each company must demonstrate that it complies with the protocol, before being authorized to export.

Currently, Costa Rica has approved protocols for several fruits, as well as for meats and dairy products, but the logistics were challenging.

Procomer figures indicate that by 2018 total sales from Costa Rica to China totaled US$194 million. The main products shipped were prepared or preserved citrus, ethyl alcohol, sugar, beef, as well as precision and medical equipment.

The president of the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco), Laura Bonilla, recalled that this sector has long since expressed the need to negotiate logistics services to send products to China.

- Advertisement -

“From the Chamber, we have been pressing; We managed to open the pineapple market with great effort, for example, but then there was the transport problem,” said Bonilla.

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Miss Earth Limón 2021 will crown her queen this Saturday

Q FARANDULA -The people of Limon will forget for a while...

Rains regain strength in Turrialba and the southern Caribbean during the night

QCOSTARICA - Following days of rainfall, this Monday morning there was...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.