Stricter pest controls steer a shift to shipping via sea

Stricter pest controls set by countries including China and the U.S. require more imported produce to be kept chilled for 12 to 14 days before being delivered, a trend that has some shippers switching from airplanes to less-pricey ships to deliver their goods. "Even if the cargoes went by air, they would still have to undergo the cold sterilization at some point before entering the country. But if they go by sea, the cold treatment can be performed during the trip, saving time and money for the shippers," said Glenn Turner, CEO of logistics firm Fresh Trust.

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