The corrugated box for agricultural products
More than 10 countries including Japan have been negotiating to reach an agreement on the TPP. If the TPP becomes effective, imported rice and agricultural products are expected to increase in the Japanese domestic market. At the same time, export of Japanese products will grow as well. What corrugated boxes would be suitable to export agricultural products? Let us take a look at Korea’s case since the country’s export business has advanced dramatically following the FTA agreement with the EU in 2011.
Most of the corrugated boxes in Korea, even though not regulated by law, are designed to be suitable for shipment to overseas markets and consumers. In case of long transportation, the boxes are breathable so that the produce can maintain fresh longer. Also, these open tray boxes (See photo) are highly resistant against pressure from above and multiple boxes can be stacked on top of one another.
Not to mention, the dimensions of the bottom surface are compatible with Euro pallets which are 1,200 mm by 800 mm. By standardizing the tray width and length and adjusting only the tray height to the contents, it can be stacked with other trays of different items. In Europe, people avoid touching produce with their hands during transport and distribution so the produce maintains a good appearance as well as to reduce the risk of microbial contamination. Corrugated fruit and vegetable trays are lined up and stacked in the front of the store. In some cases you can take the whole tray that carries high-quality flexographic printing images.This makes branding of agricultural products possible and consumers’ minds are imprinted with things such as where the products came from.
In Korea, agricultural products suitable for international standards are produced in a “production complex” designated by the local government or the country who is exporting the crops. The agricultural tray technology of BOIX Co. in Spain is newly active there. = Photo =