19 June, Sepang – MASkargo today joined the Durian Craze bandwagon when the airline flew frozen whole durian fruits to Shanghai on its freighter.

Flight MH6170 departed KLIA at 0600hrs with 4 tonnes of the frozen fruits and touched down at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 1735hrs after a scheduled stop in Kota Kinabalu.

MAQIS General Director Saiful Yazan Alwi inspecting the frozen whole durians.

“Previously, Malaysian durians could only be shipped into China in pulp or paste form. The regulation is no longer applicable and now frozen whole Malaysian durians can be flown into China. This is a great development for us in terms of expanding our business. The boom in durian export follows the deregulation by China which now allows whole durians from Malaysia to be imported. The fruits are a big hit in China and we are happy to be part of this demand. From the acceptance at our Perishable centre, these fruits are kept fresh in our cold rooms before being shipped in the temperature-controlled Envirotainers”, explains Jason Thomas, MASkargo’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Frozen durians for China export are kept at -18 degrees Celcius in the temperature controlled Envirotainer.

“We are working very closely with the Malaysian Quarantine & Special Services Department (MAQIS) to ensure that all the stringent export requirements are met and will be putting in more efforts to the smooth operations of these shipments, as we are expecting more durians coming through our flights to China. At the same time, strong collaborations are in place with the ground handlers in China for seamless operations there too”, he continued.

Temperature inspection by MAQIS.

“We would like to thank the exporter, BEHO Fresh Sdn Bhd, and the durian processing factory, PHG Ever Fresh Food Sdn Bhd, for choosing MASkargo for this inaugural delivery. We would also like to congratulate both companies and those who have passed China's stringent import protocol for frozen whole fruit durians into the country”, he ended.