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First charter flight in 2017 carrying US cherries arrives in Hefei

SDI Logistics Co.,Ltd | Updated: Sep 11, 2017

CHINA Eastern Airlines flight from Seattle has landed at Hefei Xinqiao International Airport in Anhui province loaded with 80 tons of US cherries, the largest volume of imported fruit that Hefei has ever received.

It was also Anhui province's first fruit charter flight so far this year, according to Produce Report Cool Logistician.

The imported US cherries mainly came from Washington state. According to local importers, this batch of US cherries was directly air lifted to Hefei after it was picked from the orchards. The entire journey was under the cold chain with a temperature controlled environment. It only took 24 hours for the US cherries to fly from Seattle and arrive at retailer's shelves in Hefei.

According to the officials from Xinqiao International Airport, another fruit charter flight is expected to arrive soon.

This year, local importers in Anhui are planning to import 15 air shipments of fruit, amounting to 1,200 tons, and equivalent to US$35 million of export volume in total.