LATAM Cargo Brazil has started the construction of a new cool facility at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos airport (GRU), that when completed before year-end, will enable LATAM Cargo to handle 33 per cent more perishable cargo at the GRU hub. The Perishable Hub has an area of 1,637 sqm, half of which will be meant for coolers.
More than 45 per cent of LATAM Cargo’s volumes are perishable shipments and currently 14 per cent of these shipments, which is about 24,000 tonnes, transit through GRU. Salmon, fruit (mangoes, cherries and berries) and asparagus are the most commonly transported perishables, while others include southern hake and flowers.
“Building a new cool facility focused on connecting perishable traffic in our main hub enables us to boost our strategic position,” says Andrés Bianchi, CEO, LATAM Cargo. “We can now offer our perishable customers a growing number of origin-destination pairs while maintaining the high quality standards associated with our value proposition.”
LATAM Cargo will be able to reduce the time exposure of the perishable cargo, as the re-palletising process will be done under a temperature-controlled environment. Additionally, with all the cargo stored at the same location, the preparation and transportation process to the aircraft will be faster and more efficient.
“We are very excited to share this investment with our customers as it will greatly benefit them by providing a more robust alternative to continue expanding the volume of perishable exports from Latin America to the world,” adds Claudio Torres, South America Commercial VP for LATAM Cargo.
The facility’s cooler area has two divisions: One with an area spread across 487 sqm is set at 0-2.2ºC, and the second division with an area spread across 338 sqm is set at 2.2–12.7ºC for storage and re-palletising purposes. The system at the facility also allows for increasing the temperature in any of its coolers up to 25ºC in case there is a specific perishable product that requires a higher temperature setting.