LATAM Cargo launches new route between Santiago and Chicago, boosting Asian salmon exports

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New US route will get produce to Asia quicker. Company also to increase its weekly salmon capacity to Asia by 100 additional tonnes.

The Chilean airline can now capitalise on Chicago’s strategic connectivity to Asia thanks to a new route on Febuary 19th, according to the Stat Trade Times.

The company said it expects this will now reducing transit times to less than 35 hours, improving temperature control and decreasing cargo exposure.

Chilean export markets are driven by salmon, partly due to increasing demand from the Asian market. In November, SalmonBusiness reported that 33 thousand tons were exported to China in the January-September 2018 period.

“We know the Asian market will be a strategic focus in the development of Chilean aquaculture. At LATAM Cargo, we are committed to our customers and we are well aware of the importance of the Asian market for them. This new route will allow us to offer a better service with a much shorter time until the final destination”, said Claudio Torres, LATAM Cargo’s Commercial Director – South America.

In Chicago, LATAM Cargo’s facilities will include 465 square meters of cold storage.

The return route will be Chicago-Miami, thus improving service to customers in the Midwestern United States by reducing transit time to Latin America by up to 3 days. This will result in shorter connection time and more expeditious shipping, the publication reported.

LATAM Cargo offers Perishable-Salmon, which it says is one of the highlights of its perishable cargo business. With this new route, the product will now have 6 points of entry into the United Sates and 3 connection points on its way to Asia. LATAM Cargo also plans to increase its weekly capacity to carry salmon to Asia by 100 additional tonnes.

“The ongoing expansion of our network is proof of our permanent commitment to our customers. We are optimistic about this new route to Chicago and will continue considering new alternatives to improve their experience,” commented Andrés Bianchi, CEO of LATAM Cargo.