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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pilot Begins a Fruitful Cherry Shipping Season

With favorable, warmer weather leading into June, Northwestern U.S. cherry suppliers were able to start the picking season slightly earlier this year. That means Pilot Seattle’s cherry operation is now in full swing with peak volumes expected to come in July. This year, the perishables industry forecasts 21.5 million 20-pound boxes of cherries will ship worldwide, which is down slightly from last year’s volume, mainly due to lost crops in California. Pilot Seattle, which ships millions of pounds of sweet cherries each season, is keeping pace with demand by servicing overseas markets that include China, Taipei, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Korea is a new destination for Pilot this year, and the Seattle team expects significant traffic for this location throughout the course of the season. When it comes to this delicate commodity, Pilot Seattle is known for its ability to adjust volumes and react to the time-sensitive nature of shipping perishables, so that fresh produce can reach worldwide points in a timely manner!