LATAM Cargo, the leader in air cargo transportation from, to and within Latin America, announces a new cargo route between Santiago de Chile and Chicago to begin operations on February 19, making this city the company’s sixth destination in the United States.
Thanks to Chicago’s strategic connectivity to Asia, with this new route the company expects to offer a better product to its customers in this destination by expediting service, reducing transit times to less than 35 hours, improving temperature control and decreasing cargo exposure.
Chile is the largest salmon exporter in the region, with a steadily increasing demand from the Asian market in recent years. While in 2014 an average of 37 tons were transported between both markets each week, in 2018 this figure rose to approximately 700 tons per week, on average.
“We know the Asian market will be a strategic focus in the development of Chilean aquaculture. At LATAM Cargo, we are committed to our customers and we are well aware of the importance of the Asian market for them. This new route will allow us to offer a better service with a much shorter time until the final destination”, said Claudio Torres, LATAM Cargo’s Commercial Director – South America.
In Chicago, LATAM Cargo’s facilities will include 465 square meters of cold storage, which may be expanded if necessary, to minimize cargo exposure while in transit.
The return route will be Chicago-Miami, thus improving service to customers in the Midwestern United States by reducing transit time to Latin America by up to 3 days. This will result in shorter connection time and more expeditious shipping…