Maersk in China at a glance
Since its first vessel called at Shanghai in 1924, Maersk has supported the shifting trade patterns of this changing society. Today Maersk is helping Chinese companies to go global and Chinese importers to capitalise on a growing domestic demand for food.
- First vessel call 1924
- First representative office 1984
- Employees 14,400
- Locations 40
- Offices 124
- Invested capital
- USD 1,300 million
- Ships built in China for Maersk 118
- Procurement in 2013 USD 2,240 million
“In the beginning my wife and I did everything by ourselves. Now we manage and supervise the supply chain, from imports of bananas to distribution to markets,” says Nickey Xue, CEO at Ruihua Everfresh, a North China-based importer of fresh fruit from around the world.
Ruihua Everfresh is a success story of a family-owned business in the city of Dalian. Working alongside his wife, cousins and father and assisted by Maersk Line, Nickey Xue has built a business that imports a whopping 150 containers (FFE) of bananas a week, corresponding to a market share in North China of 30%.
The success of Ruihua Everfresh reflects the growing trend: a Chinese appetite for foreign foods. With Chinese consumption on the rise, imported food is in high demand.
At Maersk Line, Frederick Chan, Head of the Import Sales Team in North China, welcomes this trend. He looks forward to increased cooperation with the Chinese importer.