Cogoport - India’s leading digital freight logistics business - has announced a major boost for shippers with the launch of refrigerated (reefer) cargo services to and from destinations across the globe.
Customers requiring cold storage shipping can now compare rates and book reefer containers through a host of partner shipping lines on the Cogoport e-freight booking platform.
India has experienced rapid and sustained growth in refrigerated exports during the past decade with commodities like fish, vegetables, fruit and nuts, meat, pharmaceuticals and chemicals driving demand for reefer import and export services.
Refrigerated exports from India grew by 27% in 2018, with shrimp the principal seafood export growing by 20%, with demand for seafood and Indian organic food driven from the North America, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vietnam. The export of onions also rose by 15% year on year in 2018 over 2017.
Likewise, the import of refrigerated imports are also in greater demand – from markets including Germany, South Korea and Russia, driven by demand from India’s burgeoning middle class drives for perishable products.
“We are now able to pass on the benefits of Cogoport digital shipping to customers who move refrigerated goods – typically SMEs moving seafood, fruit and vegetables, chemicals and pharmaceuticals,” says Purnendu Shekhar, founder and CEO of Cogoport.
“Existing customers using our platform confirm they save 10-15% on their logistics costs – including as many as 40-man hours per shipment – and we’re delighted to now extend those efficiencies to refrigerated cargo,” Shekhar added.
“We are meeting significant demand for reefer exports to north America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and to those importing refrigerated cargoes – enabling SME shippers all over India to deliver better productivity, service and profitability when moving their perishable cargoes.”