The terminal's direct daily rail connections to key inland distribution hubs and the fastest truck turnaround times of any UK port, are important for customers who need to reduce lead times and increase the freshness and shelf life of perishable produce by getting them to stores faster.
DP World's UK chief operating officer Nick Loader explained: 'The perishable and chilled goods industry relies on speed. DP World has the facilities including customs and food inspection posts as well as excellent inland connections to ensure we can deliver fast, high quality services levels for the UK's supply chain.
'Using DP World's online 'Where my container' tool, Fyffes can track and trace their cargo which makes shipping through the port simpler, more efficient and transparent, which is key for the perishable goods industry.
'It's digital tools like this and market-leading customer service and productivity which makes trade smarter.'
DP World Southampton welcomed the first vessel on the service, the Maersk Brani. The size of vessel has also increased from 2,500 TEU to 2,900 TEU on this service.
DP World has invested in additional reefer connection points to accommodate the additional volumes, increasing its reefer connection capability by 20 per cent.
The new service route is Guayaquil, Manzanillo, Santa Marta, Southampton, Antwerp, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Veracruz, Altamira, Puerto Moin, Manzanillo, Balboa.