The Role of Air Cargo in Uganda’s Produce Export Trade

Uganda is a significant exporter of fresh fruits and vegetables to Europe, especially to The United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. Hortifresh association members’ exports to Europe comprise mainly passion fruits, chilli pepper, bell pepper, pineapple and matooke. The export of fresh produce to Europe requires delicate handling. Airlines play a crucial role in ensuring that fresh produce is transported quickly and efficiently, minimizing damage and maintaining the quality of the produce. To facilitate the export of fresh produce, some airlines have developed unique cargo services that cater to the needs of fresh produce exporters. These services typically include specialized equipment, such as temperature-controlled containers, and specific handling procedures to ensure that the transportation process is managed carefully and efficiently. However, the export of fresh produce from Uganda to Europe faces several challenges, including limited capacity and high transport costs. The high transport costs are due to various factors, such as the minimal number of direct flights from Uganda to Europe, high fuel prices, and costly air freight charges. In conclusion, airlines play a vital role in the export of Uganda’s fruits and vegetables to Europe, ensuring that fresh produce is transported quickly and efficiently. However, to increase the volume of exports, there is a need for further investment and support to address the sector’s challenges, such as limited capacity and high transport costs. Kevin Kusiima

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