19/06/2019 07:46 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia’s first batch of frozen whole durian export to China has arrived at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport today.

In a statement, MASKargo said Flight MH6170 departed from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 6am today with four tonnes of the frozen fruit and arrived at the Shanghai airport at 5.35 pm local time after a scheduled stop in Kota Kinabalu.

Previously, Malaysian durians could only be shipped to China in pulp or in paste form.

"This is a great development for us in terms of our business expansion. The boom in durian export follows the deregulation by China which now allows imports of whole durians from Malaysia.

"The fruits are kept fresh in our cold rooms before being shipped in the temperature-controlled Envirotainers,” said MASkargo’s chief commercial officer Jason Thomas.

He said MASkargo was working closely with the Malaysian Quarantine and Special Services Department (MAQIS) to ensure that the stringent export requirements were met.

The air cargo logistics subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines has also collaborated with the ground handlers in China to ensure a seamless operation.

“We would like to thank the exporter, BEHO Fresh Sdn Bhd, and the durian processing factory, PHG Ever Fresh Food Sdn Bhd, for choosing MASkargo for this inaugural delivery,” he added.



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