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Daikin Reefer commits to active CA with new hire

Daikin Reefer, a global supplier of container refrigeration equipment, announced today that it has appointed Mr Ah Huat Goh to the position of General Manager, Global Marketing and Service, Reefer Container Department."Goh joins Daikin Reefer with a wealth of experience of reefer technology and cargo.....

Jan Robyn:

“Goods never have a zero value, but they can have a negative value”

He sold his own insurance office some years ago, and to prevent getting bored he specialised in non-covered or insured damages. At an outdoor café, in the cool of a sunshade, Jan Robyn from TempSurvey talks about the almost impossible situations he has to deal with. Examples are joined together as a warning.....

China: 575 tons of plums fly out of Xinjiang

In August, a total of 1,100 tons of fruits were shipped out of Xinjiang by flights from China Southern Airliner. Plums alone reached 575 tons, accounting for 52% of the total. According to sources from The China Southern, the sales of fruits in August went very well, with an average of 40 tons shipped out of.....

US ports begin reopening after closing for Irma

U.S. Southeast ports are beginning to resume operations after Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida on Sunday and continued to make its way northward, wreaking further havoc across the region.In southern Florida, PortMiami and the port tunnel are open. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cleared truck and gate.....

Spain: Peruvian mission learns about naval and logistic services in Cadiz

A total of 160 professionals from Peru have learned about the services provided by 16 companies in the naval, port and logistics sectors of the province of Cadiz in the framework of the 1st Technical Conference "Exports to Europe. Keys to logistics", held on 5 September in Lima. The event has been part of a.....

Jel Sert switches to CHEP Half Pallets

Jel Sert has upgraded from the recycled half pallets it used to ship 100,000 cases of product annually to some of the biggest retailers in the world. The recycled pallets, with their inconsistent quality and unappealing appearance, led to product damage and customer complaints they report.To address the issue,.....

Cosco Shipping Ports to buy major stake in Belgian port for $42m

Cosco Shipping Ports plans to buy a major stake in a terminal in Belgium's Port of Zeebrugge for up to 35 million euros ($42 million).The port operator, which is a unit of state-owned conglomerate China Cosco Shipping Corp., said after markets closed Monday that it had signed a legally binding memorandum of.....

France wants Peruvian exports to arrive at Dunkirk, not Rotterdam

Seventy years after World War II, Christopher Nolan's film "Dunkirk" was released a few months ago in Peru. This port has been completely rebuilt and today, along with the neighboring city of Calais, it is France's leading port area. Now, its mission is not war but commerce: it intends to beat the.....

Qatar-Pakistan ag trade set to increase with Hamad Port opening

With the newly-opened Hamad Port starting direct shipping links to Karachi and other ports in Pakistan, Qatar-Pakistan bilateral trade volume is set to witness a major boost in the coming days.The bilateral economic relations is expected to get further expanded and deepen largely driven by merchandise trade as.....

Takeover of Kenyan perishable forwarders approved with conditions

Kenya’s competition watchdog has approved “with conditions” the takeover of two specialist perishables forwarders in the African country by European logistics giants Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) and Panalpina.The Competition Authority of Kenya has approved the acquisition of Air Connection by Panalpina Airflo, Panalpina.....

Qatar lifts trade relations with Pakistan amidst Gulf blockade

A Qatari shipping company is set to launch what it calls the fastest direct service between Doha and the Pakistani port city of Karachi this week, as the Gulf state seeks to establish new trade routes amid a land, air and sea blockade from its Arab neighbours.State-run conglomerate Milaha is overseeing the.....

New logger with realtime acces

DeltaTrak has announced the release of its new ColdTrak Import/Export Traceability Kit at Asia Fruit Logistica 2017.The full service kit includes the new FlashLink Real-Time In-Transit (RTL) Logger, the FlashLink PDF In-Transit Logger, and ThermoTrace TTI Labels. With this, customers have real-time access to.....

New Qatar/Turkey land route to decrease shipping prices by 80%

The land route from Turkey to the Port of Bushehr in Iran and then by sea to the Ruwais port in Qatar is now open for the transport of goods. 200 trucks carrying fruits, vegetables, grains and other food products coming from Turkey arrived in Qatar through this route, a Qatari Businessman said.The land trade.....

Italian logistics should be better organised

An operator from Emilia-Romagna commercialising onions recently told us that "we find it difficult to find suitable transporters. It doesn't take much when it comes to onions or potatoes, we just need someone that is reliable and can respect what has been agreed. Yet we can't find anyone."We therefore.....

Chinese company looks for Asian opportunities

The Asia Fruit Logistica will be held in Hong Kong this year, betweenSeptember 6-8, andTheJiuye Supply Chain Management company will attend as one of China's leading domestic fresh food supply chain platforms. The company has reached the highest results on the domestic market and want to present their work to.....

China: American fruit shipped direct to the trading post in Dalian

In the past few days, 12 crates of American cherries have successfully cleared the customs at the trading post in Dalian, after having met the standards set out by the Inspection and Quarantine Office in Liaoning province. This batch of cherries will be transported along the COSCO OCEANIA naval line by a.....

Spain: Murcia seeks to reduce shipping time for fruit exports to China

An institutional and business delegation is currently in the world's most populous country to participate in the fair Asia Fruit Logistica. The mission is none other than taking over the Chinese market. Various meetings have already been held with authorities and business representatives of the Shenzen.....

China: Grapes from Pujiang "fly" to Singapore

On the 8th of August, a batch of fresh plump and tender grapes, just harvested from a fruit orchard in Pujiang county, were transported to the international airport in Xiaoshan in a cold-chain vehicle. Reports state that this batch of grapes had a total weight of 400kg and is currently being sent onto an.....

Chinese-European express transports garlic from Shandong to Kazakhstan

In the past few days, a Chinese-European international flight carrying 40 crates of garlic, labeled "Zibo" from Shandong province, left the container park in the duty free distribution center in Zibo city. They will go through the Alashankou trading post and head for Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan......

Milestone Fresh opens branch in Thailand

“Thailand is a growing market for fruit, vegetables and plants”

As of 1 September, shipping agent Milestone Fresh has started a branch in Thailand, called Milestone Logistics Thai. In recent years, the company has settled in many different countries, including Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala. Co van Es explains why they chose Thailand: “We work with five different.....

Texas A&M AgriLife:

"No significant disruptions in ag shipments after Hurricane Harvey"

No significant disruptions of agricultural commodities to Houston's main shipping ports are anticipated after Hurricane Harvey, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service said Friday.Luis Ribera, director of the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University in College Station, said Texas'.....

China: Canadian cherries arrive in Hangzhou

At 20:09 on 28 August, 5 cases loaded with Canadian cherries, each weighing 126 kg, arrived in Hangzhou by plane (flight JD472). This was the first batch of fresh cargo the Xiaoshan international airport has welcomed since it was recently designated as a port for fruit import and export.The Assistant manager.....

China: New business opportunities presented by the rapid development of the cold chain industry

"In recent years, the demand for diversification by consumers and the fast rise of electronic commercial platforms, have pushed the rapid development of the Chinese cold chain industry to a certain degree. This aspect has provided us with very good market opportunities, although it has forced us to confront.....

Deep-sea container boats now unload directly at terminal BNFW

“From boat to lorry in less than an hour”

Deep-sea container boats moor directly alongside the cooled warehouses at the terminal of Belgian New Fruit Wharf. These are the regular container services from Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, CMA-CGM and Seatrade with a lot of reefer loads. “In most ports, containers first have to be unloaded at large container.....

C.H. Robinson acquires Canadian Milgram & Company

C.H. Robinson, a global third party logistics (3PL) company, continues to expand its global presence with the acquisition of Milgram & Company Ltd. (“Milgram”), a provider of freight forwarding, customs brokerage and surface transportation in Canada.“We are bringing one of Canada’s most respected.....

Spain: What is going on in the plum sector?

In Extremadura, which is Spain's largest plum producer, the production has fallen by 30% compared to last season. However, despite this fall in volume, prices are lower."Plums have been 'cannibalised' by the rest of stone fruits. The crisis situation caused by the oversupply of peaches and nectarines has had.....

Iran introduces new packaging standards for fruit and veg

From 6 November 2017, the export of fruits and vegetables from Iran will be permitted only when complying with the new packaging standards defined by the Iranian Trade Promotion Organization. The goods will also have to be transported by means of refrigerated containers and ships, as stated by the Customs.....

China's COSCO Shipping reports $288m in first-half profit

China's COSCO Shipping Holdings Co reported a first-half profit on Wednesday and forecast that improved demand in the container shipping market would continue for the rest of the year.China's largest shipping group, which last month offered to buy a Hong Kong peer to become the world's third-largest container.....

Samskip's acquisition of Nor Lines approved

The Norwegian Competition Authority has notified Samskip that the acquisition of activities associated with Nor Lines AS is cleared, the company said in its press release.The Norwegian Competition Authority has found that Samskip's acquisition of activities associated with Nor Lines AS would not result in a.....

Beijing, November 3-5

ChinaFVF puts spotlight on cold chain solutions

The worldwide costs for food waste because of transportation problems have reached an astonishing 1.3 billion tons. Even though China's production quantity of fruit and vegetables ranks first in the world, cold chain distribution is only used for 5%. Every year, the lack of refrigeration equipment and.....

"In a decade, there will be half a dozen shipping companies dominating the market"

Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou's prediction that in a decade half a dozen shipping lines will dominate the market is not far from the truth. The consolidation of the shipping industry in recent months has been pronounced, especially thanks to Cosco's recent acquisition of OOCL in a US $ 6.3 billion.....

Maersk begins import of fresh fruits into India's NCR region

Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the Maersk Group has enabled the import of the first ever consignment of fresh fruits for Dev Bhumi Cold Chain Pvt Ltd into the NCR region. The consignment of fresh fruits which left Durban on the 2nd of August reached Sonepat in NCR on the 22nd of August.At.....

ZTO expands fresh produce delivery service in China

ZTO Express, an express delivery company in China today announced that it has expanded its fresh produce delivery services with the addition of two high-speed rail links between Kunming, Yunnan Province, and Beijing and Shanghai. The expansion extends ZTO's current fresh product delivery network to a total of.....

"Double the amount of pallets fit onto a container ship"

Zespri says goodbye to reefers

A few months ago Seatrade introduced a new line from New Zealand. "Our kiwis now go to Belgium with the Seatrade Blue," says Nele Moorthamers of Zespri Europe. "This container ship goes to Zeebrugge via Peru and the US, arriving at the BNFW terminal, where the kiwis are unloaded. It will be a set line that.....

Ghana fresh cut pineapple exports earned $53m in 2016

Available data shows that in 2016, Ghana exported fresh cut pineapples worth $53 million, and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) launched an initiative to boost the production of the smooth cayenne (SC) variety of pineapples to meet demand for the local and export market.The SC variety which has been.....

Cargolux introduces two new destinations in Africa

Cargolux Airlines is set to introduce two new destinations in Africa - Douala in Cameroon and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Services to Lubumbashi will begin on 15 September while Douala is served as of 3 October.Lubumbashi is the DRC’s second largest city after the capital Kinshasa and.....

Scandinavian pilots threaten autumn strike

Members of Danish and Norwegian unions Dansk Pilotforening (DPF), SAS-flygeres Forening (NSF) and SAS Norge Pilotforening (SNF) are threatening to walk out, reports Danish aviation news site Check-in.dk. "There has been no prospect of success whatsoever in negotiations over the summer. On the contrary, SAS has.....

Shortage of drivers, traffic jam troubles and digital waybills

Opportunities and challenges in road transport

Freight volumes are increasing. That is good news for the transport sector. However, transporters are facing the challenge of delivering products on time and under competent guidance. In addition to the imminent shortage of experienced drivers and roads becoming more congested, themes such as digitisation and.....

New option in Brazil during the fruit season

CMA CGM to boost its services on the East Coast of South America and Europe

The CMA CGM Group announced the early implementation of its services between the East Coast of South America and Europe. SAFRAN will make the connection with Northern Europe, while SIRIUS will do the same in the Mediterranean.The SAFRAN service will start at the port of Rotterdam on September 27, while SIRIUS.....

More air freight product in consumer packaging

“We have noticed air freight is growing,” confirms Tom Gemels from Fresh Express. He manages the company with his business partner Jonathan Bouchat. The company organises flights from Liège Airport. “However, it’s difficult to say where the increase is coming from.” Many freight airlines know to find Liège.....

Robin Vercammen, Carrier Transicold, Wommelgem:

“Rain and road network major culprits for refrigerated transport”

When cooled fresh produce products are transported from A to B via roads, not just the car or lorry is important. The refrigeration in which the products are kept at the right temperature is just as important, if not more so.Carrier Transicold in Wommelgem, Belgium, ensures that all cars without refrigeration.....

"The country's gone from exporting 10,000 tonnes in 2015 to 40,000 tonnes this year alone in blueberries"

Peru: Maersk to operate in the port of Pisco from September

Maersk Line aims to grow its refrigerated cargo transport due to the enormous potential it represents, and which currently accounts for about 43% of its annual turnover: "With cranberry alone the country has gone from exporting 10,000 tonnes in 2015 to 40,000 tonnes this year", said the manager of the company.....

Port of Tauranga kiwifruit shipments slip 1.4%

The Port of Tauranga has transformed itself into Australasia's most efficient port and has broken records for cargo volumes. However, Kiwifruit volumes slipped 1.4 percent to 982,000 tonnes after a poor growing season. New Zealand's biggest port company today posted a 7.9 percent gain in annual profit to $83.4.....

Product is outside for too long at many airports

The increase in air transport has been happening for some years now, according to Alain Tulpin of the Tulpin Group. “Air freight was doomed to die,” he says. But thanks to a shift in shipping, air transport could recover. “With the larger container ships and the slow steaming effort since 2006, that has.....

Threat of shipping price war clouds horizon for Maersk

A.P. Moller-Maersk has been fortified by the $7.5 billion sale of its oil and gas business to France's Total, but the company's main sea freight business faces the threat of a new price war in a consolidating industry.Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping company, has shifted its focus this year from.....

Panalpina Luxembourg gets licence to handle organic produce

Panalpina’s hub at Luxembourg Airport (LUX) has been officially licenced by Certysis to handle organic fruits and vegetables. This makes Panalpina the first and only licenced receiver of organic produce at LUX, one of Europe's busiest airports by cargo tonnage, and shows the company’s commitment to developing.....