Tasmanian cherries exported on direct flights to Asia

The new, quick air-freight service between Hobart and Hong Kong has allayed farmers' fears that their cherries might be caught in transit delays and spoiled.

Happy cherry exporter Tim Reid had about 2.5 tonnes of Japanese variety cherries on the plane.

"COVID has been the stimulus to these flights going, " Mr Reid said.

He plans to send cherries on every flight.

Key points:

  • A new export link to Hong Kong gets Tasmanian cherries overseas faster as the harvest is underway.
  • The Chinese market is yet to be tested for Tasmanian cherries.
  • The plane will do three runs a week between Hobart and Hong Kong until February and growers hope it will happen again next season.

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