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Bananas in refrigerated containers will arrive in Southampton this week as part of a new reefer service DP World is offering fruit suppliers across the globe.

Ernst Schulze, UK chief executive of DP World, said: “Following on from last week’s news that we had moved a record volume of cargo at our two UK logistics hubs, we are delighted to welcome the latest new service to call at Southampton and benefit from our market-leading reefer capacity.”

Maersk’s Costa Rica Express (CRX) is carrying the fruity freight and it is also the third international shipping service to move to DP World’s UK ports this year, following several new arrivals in 2021.

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It has a rotation stretching from Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Veracruz, Altamira, Big Creek, Manzanillo (Pan), Moin and Cork to Southampton and back again.

“Operating two ports - Southampton and London Gateway - means we offer unrivalled flexibility and choice to customers,” Schulze added.

“Volumes can be switched quickly and easily between locations, giving customers more control over their supply chains and increasing security of supply for critical goods coming into the UK.”