The Port of Townsville celebrated a milestone – and so did Queensland’s mango industry – when the port’s first direct sea shipment of mangoes set sail for Asia on 12 December.

A total of 3,250 cartons of Manbulloo mangoes grown in North Queensland left Townsville in refrigerated containers on Mariana Express Lines’ Kota Nasrat container vessel.

Manbulloo’s Quality and Export Manager Scott Ledger said that the company had worked closely with the shipping and stevedoring companies to devise a supply-chain solution that met export requirements and delivered commercial benefits.

‘Our team has been very busy heat-treating and packing mangoes over the past week at Manbulloo’s facility in Giru ready for export,’ said Mr Ledger.

‘Packing the mangoes directly into the refrigerated container at the packhouse, then exporting out of the Port of Townsville, means there is less physical handling of mangoes and the time in the supply chain is shorter, giving us greater control and confidence to deliver high-quality mangoes to our customers.

‘Our packhouse is only 50 minutes by road to the Port of Townsville where Northern Stevedoring Services arrange all the logistics for us.

‘Controlled atmosphere sea freight is also cheaper than sending mangoes via air to overseas markets, which will help Manbulloo to capture the opportunity to expand exports to Asia.’

The shipment contained R2E2 mangoes from Manbulloo’s four orchards in North Queensland, located in Giru and Bowen.

Mariana Express Lines Line Manager Lilian Auvaa said it was an extremely proud moment for the company.

‘Our first direct Townsville to Asia container service started back in 2009 carrying mainly dry cargo, both import and export,’ said Ms Auvaa.

‘We recognise the significance of a reliable supply-chain solution that will provide our valued partners with an opportunity to move their refrigerated products to Asia direct by sea.’

As well as growing R2E2 mangoes, Manbulloo is Australia’s largest grower of Australia’s favourite mango variety, Kensington Pride – also known as the famous ‘Bowen mango’.

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