On 20th June, MASkargo joined the Durian Craze bandwagon when we flew the frozen whole durian fruits to Shanghai loaded in our MH Centigrade temperature-controlled containers on our A330-200 freighter. Flight MH6170 departed KLIA at 0600hrs with 4 tonnes of the frozen fruits and touched down at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 1735hrs after a scheduled stop in Kota Kinabalu.
Previously, Malaysian durians could only be shipped into China in pulp or paste form. The regulation is no longer applicable and now frozen whole Malaysian durians can be flown into China. This is a great development for us in terms of expanding our business. The boom in durian export follows the deregulation by China which now allows whole durians from Malaysia to be imported. The fruits are a big hit in China and we are happy to be part of this demand. From the acceptance at our Perishable centre, these fruits are kept fresh in our cold rooms before being shipped in the temperature-controlled Envirotainers.
We are working very closely with the Malaysian Quarantine & Special Services Department (MAQIS) to ensure that all the stringent export requirements are met and will be putting in more efforts to the smooth operations of these shipments, as we are expecting more durians coming through our flights to China. At the same time, strong collaborations are in place with the ground handlers in China for seamless operations there too.