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Airfreight Continues Growth as Tanzania Records largest Ever Meat Shipment

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Air-freight has unlocked a new export opportunity for meat products in Tanzania, with a recent shipment that flew aboard a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner passenger aircraft being the largest meat shipment to ever fly out of Dar-es-Salaam (DAR) in Tanzania to New Doha International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar.

Close to 15,248 kgs of goat meat were transported as part of this record uplift to the Middle East which remains a dominant destination for airfreight shipments of both lamb and mutton, taking more than 56,000t of lamb on 2019.

This was a shipment of goat meat, which is the majority of meat that we uplift from Tanzania. We also transport lamb and beef meat at times. There has been an increase in Tanzanian exports to Qatar, meat being one of the export items. The 15,000+ kg goat meat was transported for delivery to three supermarkets, to be sold to consumers.” Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways told The STAT Trade Times about the cargo which was shipped out a few weeks ago.

Speaking about the journey of shipment and the cold chain in which it was maintained, Halleux said, “We offer two temperature ranges for transportation of perishables: 2°- 8° Celsius, and 15°- 25° Celsius. Meat is usually transported at temperatures of between 2°- 8° Celsius.

More recently, Mashimba Mashauri Ndaki, the Tanzanian Minister of Livestock and Fisheries told the media that Tanzania exported 5362.9 tonnes of meat worth 22.4 million US dollars between July 2021 and January 2022. He said that meat was exported to Saudi Arabia, China, Qatar, Vietnam, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman and that meat production rose 5.2% in 2020 to 738,166 tonnes, up from 701,700 tonnes in 2019.

Tanzania is among the top 10 beef producers in Africa as per FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) data.

While this shipment was destined for delivery to three different supermarkets in Qatar on behalf of three different shippers, the transportation of the meat shipments out of Dar es Salaam was undertaken in the lower deck of passenger flights on Qatar Airways.

“It is a perfect, dense commodity that allows for good use of the available cargo volume. The shipment was a consolidation originating from different customers. Meat export from Dar es Salaam to Doha and other Middle East destinations is rapidly increasing at the moment, and we expect this trend to continue. We see a good mix of all kinds of commodities flying out of Tanzania. Aside from various meat shipments, we also fly general cargo, a variety of fruit and vegetables, flowers, seafood products, as well as gemstones,” Halleux shared.

Halleux added that Qatar Airways Cargo complies with IATA’s Perishable Cargo Regulations which lays out the standard operating procedures for the acceptance and handling of all perishable products, including meat. “We are members of the risk quality assessment platform, Validaide, the Cool Chain Association, Pharma. aero, IATA LAPB, and TTWG (Live Animals and Perishables Board and Time and Temperature Working Group), which means that we are in regular contact with experts and the markets, and continuously adapt our products to best match changing requirements. As stated previously, we use state-of-the-art cool equipment and facilities to ensure that the cool chain remains intact,” he added.

 

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