Turkey's geographical location influences its economic and political development. Located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey is the world's largest supplier of most consumer goods. It also has a well developed agricultural industry that makes the country the largest supplier of fruits and vegetables.
Organizing the transport of fruit and vegetable exports is one of the primary activities of the AsstrA international corporate group’s Turkish office. The main export destination countries are Russia and Poland. When shipping Turkish agricultural products, the company's experts rely on road and sea transport as well as multimodal solutions.
Murad Salmanzade, Sales Specialist at AsstrA’s Istanbul Office, discusses the key aspects of transporting fruits and vegetables:
“Temperature regime compliance and proper ventilation are critical for preserving fruit. Therefore, refrigerated transport is popular for delivering fruit to retail outlets. In addition to maintaining appropriate temperatures, it is also important to protect them from impact. That’s why a speed limit is established when transporting this category of goods. When planning a route, the AsstrA team avoids areas with poor road conditions and requires drivers to drive under a certain speed.
Before being loaded with fruits and vegetables, vehicles must be sanitized and appropriately marked as such on an accompanying certificate. AsstrA experts ensure that vehicles are appropriate for the chosen routes and the mix of products being shipped, their volume, and their temperature requirements.
“AsstrA is able to solve these complex tasks thanks to our strong relationships with reliable partners and many years of experience in this field. Our customers benefit from working with our experienced professionals who know the intricacies of vegetable and fruit transportation processes. In addition, we have a fully equipped fleet that includes refrigerated and isothermal vehicles for transporting fruits and vegetables,” says Murad Salmanzade.
When delivering fruits and vegetables, delivery time is a key factor. If a client’s perishable goods go bad en route, nothing else matters. As a transport and logistics specialist, AsstrA pledges to deliver all products on time.
“AsstrA customers are insured against losses that may occur due to unforeseen circumstances. For example, such an incident occurred when two containers of our customer’s tomatoes were damaged during transportation due to uncontrollable circumstances. Our insurance company covered the cost of the damage, and this customer has been successfully working with us to this day. We strive to make all of our client relationships insured and transparent from the start,” emphasizes Elena Firsova, Turkey Region Country Manager and Istanbul Branch Manager at AsstrA.