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More fruit shipments directly to Port of Antwerp
Brazilian melons direct to Port of Antwerp this year
During the Fruit Logistica, the Port of Antwerp was present to show which activities they, and its companies, do in the field of fruit and vegetables. It was recently announced that they have secured a banana contract. Besides, more types of fruit are entering the Port of Antwerp. The various companies who.....

Throughput up 0.3% to 138M tons for Port of Hamburg
In 2016 Germany’s largest universal port achieved a turnaround in seaborne cargo throughput, reaching a total 138.2 million tons in the general and bulk cargo segments. ‘Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg again developed upwards with an increase of 0.3 percent. Stronger general cargo throughput.....

Hanjin Shipping declared bankrupt by South Korean court
Hanjin Shipping, which used to be one of the world's top 10 shipping companies was declared bankrupt by a South Korean court after months of uncertainty. Hanjin's collapse has hit the industry had sending shock waves throughout. For years, the global economic downturn had affected profits across the cargo.....


Spain: Veg to Berlin in two and a half hours with train of the future
A team of more than 30 students from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), in Spain, is planning the first prototype of the "Hyperloop UPV"; a train capable of travelling at 1,000 kilometres per hour (it is worth noting that the AVE travels at 305 km/h.), so that vegetables grown in the greenhouses.....

Peru: Asparagus accounts for 90% of agricultural exports sent by air
According to Frio Aereo, a temporary storage company that channels 80% of airfreight exports, 90% of the total volume of agricultural exports by air are of asparagus.In 2016, the country exported around 125,000 tons of fresh asparagus, nearly 110,000 tons of which were transported by air, said the general.....

Spain: Stevedores strike will leave the Canary Islands without basic foods
Large food chains supply the two Spanish archipelagos by sea; a supply route that will be blocked during the last week of February if the national stevedores stike, called for 20, 22 and 24 February, is finally carried out.The fact is that 94% of the basic goods shipped to the Canary Islands and the.....


Mexico wants to dodge Trump with a transoceanic corridor
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has green-lighted the Trans-isthmus project and Mexico has already begun studies for the realization of the planned infrastructure. A rail and road corridor between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific, in the narrowest part of the Mexican Isthmus of Tehuantepec, is.....

Colombia: Container trade recorded an increase in bananas, avocados and pineapples
There was an unusual increase in volumes of exports of bananas, avocados and pineapples, recorded in the container trade."It exceeded all expectations", states the Commerce report, unveiled by the Maersk Group.In addition to the high volumes reported, there were also new destinations, thanks to the.....

Maersk line enhances Asia-Europe and Transpacific services
Maersk Line has introduced a new service – the AE7 – on the Asia–North-Europe trade and a new service – the TP16 – on the Transpacific trade. The new services will enable MSC and Maersk Line to accommodate the incoming volumes from the recently announced slot purchase agreements with Hyundai Merchant Marine.....

Spain: Almeria exports more fruit and veg by road than by sea
Fruit and vegetable traders in Almeria still prefer to rely on trucks and road transport rather than on shipments by sea. Ever since Almeria's greenhouse agriculture got a foothold in the international market, back in the 70's, exporting via the Port has never been perceived as a competitive formula......


China to invest $24b in infrastructure to increase trade with Pakistan
The Xinjiang government has decided to invest more than 170 billion yuan ($24.72 billion) in a road network between China and Pakistan to improve transportation capability of overland trade. However, experts noted that there remain challenges to the growth of bilateral trade, such as a lack of infrastructure.....


Pedro José Hernández, of El Mosca:
"What for some is a threat, for others can be an opportunity"
The logistics company El Mosca has a fleet of 1,200 vehicles circulating across Europe, as well as a maritime and air division that operates on the five continents. Fruit Logistica served to present its new delegation in Portugal, which will allow them to ship to Latin America and the Middle East, especially.....

Maersk saw losses of $1.9 billion in last financial year
Shipping line Maersk Group has reported a net loss of US$1.9 billion for the past financial year, driven by difficult markets, rate cuts and tight competition.“We delivered an underlying profit of US$711 million, in line with guidance but it was clearly unsatisfactory. The main driver of the underlying.....

Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd announce slot purchase agreement
Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd have announced a slot purchase agreement for Hamburg Süd’s volumes on the East-West trades, to be shipped on vessels in the 2M network, the shipping alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Line. The companies have stated that the agreement is separate from Maersk's.....

Probiotics in salads probed as solution to Salmonella outbreaks in bagged mixes
Friendly bacteria could soon be introduced to bagged salad mixes to try to prevent salmonella or listeria outbreaks.University of Queensland researchers have begun a two-year, $800,000 study in conjunction with Horticulture Innovation Australia, into adding the bacteria ProbiSafe.It comes after 300 people in.....

Probiotics in salads probed as solution to Salmonella outbreaks in bagged mixes
The world's longest commercial flight, from Qatar to NZ, has touched down for the first time in Auckland.'We've officially landed in New Zealand, the 'Land of the Long White Cloud,'' Qatar Airlines tweeted as the 16-hours-and-20-minute-long flight from Doha arrived in Auckland after passing over 10 time.....

Hamburg Süd launches service for fresh fruit
Hamburg Süd has launched a new service offering its customers the SAWC Service between South America West Coast, Central America, the Caribbean, and North Europe. The weekly connection offers various highlights, for example competitive transit times with improved lead time from South America into London, and.....

Pilot Kazakhstan refrigerated container train arrives in Russia
A KTZ pilot refrigerated container train that will cross the territory of Kazakhstan to reach the Russian market, has delivered Uzbek fruit and vegetable products.The route passed through Uzbekistan from Samarkand city, then through the Kazakhstan cities of Almaty and Semey, with access to the territory of.....


First bananas from Suriname via direct line to BNFW
"Antwerp has always been the largest banana port"
On 1 February, the container ship, Pointe des Colibris, arrived with a shipment of bananas at the BNFW, in the port of Antwerp. A new contract has been signed between CMA CGM and FAI, Partner of Green Yard, with a direct connection to Antwerp. There will be more bananas within a week. "We were already the.....

China: JD.com to continue operations during Chinese New Year
Chinese online retailer JD.com have announced a payout of about 75 million yuan to support the staff who stuck to their work during the build-up to the Spring Festival. This will not only ensure a happy Spring Festival reunion time for the staff and their families, but will also ensure that the majority of.....

Guatemalan peas become first ocean-to-air shipment between Miami and Amsterdam
Several tons of Guatemalan snow peas became the first to be air-shipped from Miami International Airport to Amsterdam via Centurion Cargo, the new shipping method, finally coming to fruition after years of negotiations. The flight launched the airport’s long-awaited Ocean-to-Air Trans-shipment Program, says.....


"Countless possibilities with both new and second-hand pallets"
RDB Pallets produces about 10 million pallets per year
RDB Pallets has two production sites with automated lines that produce about 10 million pallets per year. In addition to their facilities in Gistel and Poperinge, they also have their own sawmill in Ronse and a second-hand site in Eernegem. Customers can contact them for all wood packaging.ExperienceRDB.....

Australian cherries arrive at Nanjing airport
On 26 January, 1.25 tons of cherries harvested and transported all the way from Australia arrived at the Lukou International Airport of Nanjing. Under the supervision of the Nanjing customs staff, the containers were moved from the airplane cargo cabin to a towing vehicle and transported to a sorting and.....