Taiwan Floriculture Exports Association and Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute have collaborated on a static trial of Daikin Active CA technology to export Oncidium cut flowers from Taiwan. Daikin Reefer is a leading supplier of refrigeration and climate control solutions for freight containers. Headquartered in Japan, Daikin Reefer is a business unit of the refrigeration division of global refrigeration, air conditioning, and climate control provider Daikin Industries, Ltd.
The objective of the trial was to load the flowers into reefer containers fitted with Daikin Active CA technology for a much longer-than-usual transit time. A good cargo outturn following a longer transit time as part of the static trial would potentially open up new and distant export markets for Taiwanese Oncidium exporters.
Oncidium – sometimes known as dancing lady orchids or butterfly orchids– are popular indoor and florist orchids, primarily due to the huge sprays of flowers that often carry dozens of individual blooms.
Taiwan is one of the top exporters of Oncidium to Japan, with approximately 20 million pieces arriving each year via ocean or air shipment. While more economical than air shipment, ocean shipment can be subject to unexpected delays caused by port congestion. At the same time, if overall air freight volumes are high, finding the capacity to export flowers via this method can be problematic.
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