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Port of Oakland ready for alliance changes: ‘we’re confident’

Port of Oakland officials said today that they expect to take on upcoming changes to container shipping alliances with little disruption. The news should be welcomed by importers and exporters fearful of fallout as ocean carriers switch partners next month. “We’ve spoken to the shipping lines, we’ve spoken.....

Hamburg Sud/Maersk offer concessions to gain EU merger approval

Maersk Line, the world's biggest container shipping firm and part of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO), has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators in an attempt to get approval for the takeover of German rival Hamburg Sud.A ruling on the deal, one of several in an industry seeking.....

New rail service connecting China and Europe

The international maritime, air and land transport company Kuehne+Nagel has launched a new rail service connecting China and Europe. The route will link China, Russia and Europe with a trip for the import and export of groupage loads with its hub in Duisburg, Germany.In fact, the trains will depart from the.....

U.S. Justice Department launches probe against major container shippers

Antitrust investigators at the U.S. Justice Department have subpoenaed top executives from several container shipping lines as part of a probe into the global industry, shipping lines said on Wednesday.Companies receiving orders to testify include the world's biggest container shipper, Denmark's A.P......

ESC asks for clarification capacity seaborne freight

Companies that ship their goods through seaborne freight, are currently dealing with a considerable decrease in the number of available spaces, according to the European Shippers’ Council (ESC), which sounded the alarm. The European umbrella organisation for trade and production companies, of which the.....

Egyptian exporters taking advantage of weak currency

Egyptian export companies benefit from the current low currency rate of the Egyptian pound. In 2016 the currency rate stood at US$1 to 11 or 12 Egyptian pounds, whereas this rate currently hovers around 16 to 20 Egyptian pounds per US dollar. According to Ahmed Adel of the Egyptian export company ANB Group,.....

New fruit shipping route launches between South China and ASEAN

A ship from the ASEAN countries which was loaded with fruit arrived at Fangchenggang Port Monday. This marked a new shipping route for transporting fruit which creates new opportunities for exporters.The shipping route from Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City to the port city of Fangchenggang in South China's Guangxi.....

Mediterranean Corridor

Almeria could save 0.06 €/kg if fruit and veg were exported by train

If the Mediterranean Corridor was operational and a grower from Almeria chose to use it for fruit and vegetable exports, they would save an average of about six cents per kilo. And this would be from a purely economic point of view, besides the obvious environmental benefits of rail transport compared to.....

Seatrade reefer line gains energy efficiency with Carrier Transicold units

Expanding its refrigerated container capabilities with an eye toward reducing energy consumption, Seatrade Group N.V. has acquired more than 2,400 Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® container refrigeration units, including 2,000 featuring EDGE energy-saving technology. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate,.....

Indian government to subsidize 100 cold chain projects

The Indian government will allot 100 cold chain projects on Monday as it moves to create a national grid to cut wastage of fruits, vegetables and perishables and ensure better remuneration for farmers."We received almost 350 applications and we will announce the names of 100 who have been allotted the cold.....

ITF welcomes historic Spanish dockers’ win

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has praised the victory of Spanish dockers who helped combat the controversial government plan to gut the rules that govern Spanish ports.ITF president & chair of the dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, said: “This just shows the power of the dockers in.....

Korea to manage produce delivery freshness using satellites

The Foundation of Agricultural Technology Commercialization & Transfer (FACT) is testing a self-developed shipping container maintenance technology that allows for the export of fresh agricultural produce via container ships. According to officials, 614 kilograms of strawberries from Jinju, South.....

CMA CGM launch service for fruit & veg between Morocco and Russia

CMA Shipping group CMA CGM is launching a new service that will allow the direct delivery of fruit and vegetables from Morocco to Russia in eight days without any stopover.CMA CGM said the company and its subsidiaries OPDR and Comanav now provide the fastest transit times on the market by linking Agadir and.....

Maersk and Hamburg Süd sign Sale and Purchase Agreement

Maersk Line’s acquisition of German liner Hamburg Süd is making headway as the two parties signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement. The sale of Hamburg Süd's ownership and main business assets, including vessels and containers, to Copenhagen-based Maersk Line is still pending until its been checked for.....

Korea to manage produce delivery freshness using satellites

The Foundation of Agricultural Technology Commercialization & Transfer (FACT) is testing a self-developed shipping container maintenance technology that allows for the export of fresh agricultural produce via container ships. According to officials, 614 kilograms of strawberries from Jinju, South.....

APL launches express service connecting US/Japan

APL today announced the launch of the Japan Express (JPX) service – a new weekly Trans-Pacific service which directly connects Japan with the United States West Coast.“We are excited to expand APL’s Japan-U.S. service network today with the new JPX service. With direct connectivity between Japan and the.....

Air route to Middle East boosts Australian fruit & veg exports

In the first eight months of Qatar Airways direct service from Adelaide to Doha, which began in May, the average monthly value of air freight exports has more than tripled from $115,000 to $355,000.Despite this the airline is reducing the number of direct flights per week from seven to five in October. The.....

CargoCard soon to be mandatory at Cool Port Rotterdam

In conjunction with the opening of Cool Port, planned for mid-May this year, Kloosterboer will be introducing the CargoCard as the mandatory means of gaining access to the site. The CargoCard offers many advantages, the majority of which are related to better service and safety.The introduction of the.....

APL launches express service connecting US/Japan

APL today announced the launch of the Japan Express (JPX) service – a new weekly Trans-Pacific service which directly connects Japan with the United States West Coast.“We are excited to expand APL’s Japan-U.S. service network today with the new JPX service. With direct connectivity between Japan and the.....

Air route to Middle East boosts Australian fruit & veg exports

In the first eight months of Qatar Airways direct service from Adelaide to Doha, which began in May, the average monthly value of air freight exports has more than tripled from $115,000 to $355,000.Despite this the airline is reducing the number of direct flights per week from seven to five in October. The.....

Air Asia stops cargo service at Trichy airport

Exporters from the region have been left high and dry after Air Asia, the top cargo-lifting carrier at Trichy international airport, temporarily stopped the booking of consignments from Saturday. This has also come as a big blow for the cargo officials who had set a target of 7,000 metric tonnes for the.....

Controlled atmosphere makes ocean transport cost-effective alternative to air freight

With trade of fresh produce continuing to increase, some produce varieties spend days or weeks on vessels before they arrive at their final destination. To prevent premature ripening in transit, reduce deterioration and decay and spoilage, Carrier Transicold has designed a system to optimize a container’s.....

Controlled atmosphere makes ocean transport cost-effective alternative to air freight

With trade of fresh produce continuing to increase, some produce varieties spend days or weeks on vessels before they arrive at their final destination. To prevent premature ripening in transit, reduce deterioration and decay and spoilage, Carrier Transicold has designed a system to optimize a container’s.....

Due to increase in banana shipment tarrifs

Ecuador: Cargo from Bolivar to be sent to Guayaquil

The new concessionaire of the port of Puerto Bolivar, Yilport Ecu SA, plans to increase port service tariffs for the banana sector in Ecuador by more than 160%.One of the most questioned rates is the stowage of a box, which would rise from 13 to 34 cents in April.Eduardo Ledesma, the president of the.....

Interview with an operator

Italy: Logistics and transport must be reorganised

"It was us Italians who invented refrigerated transport but the entire world seems to be doing better than us now. While Holland is teaching logistics to its younger generations, we are organising demonstrations and strikes, but against whom?"Massimo Savini, from RLA, has been working in the sector for.....

Maersk line to begin testing CO2 reefers

Container shipping line Maersk has ordered 100 of Carrier Transicold’s refrigerated containers using “natural” refrigerant CO2.This is the first shipment of a total of 200 of Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE containers ordered by Maersk Line for operational testing.“To meet our sustainability goals and stay.....

Maersk purchases Carrier’s Natural Refrigerant Container Units

Striving to further reduce the environmental impact of its global shipping operations, Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping line, has ordered the first 100 of a total of 200 refrigerated containers to be chilled by Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE® natural-refrigerant based system. Carrier.....

Italy: Demonstrations and possible road haulage strike

Unatras (an organisation which also includes Confartigianato) has organised a protest for Saturday, 18th March. Demonstrations will be held in various Italian cities and, if the Government won't provide some answers, there will also be a strike.Refrigerated vehicle on a loading platform mezzo"The road.....

Carles Mayol, of Port de Barcelona:

"Increasingly more exports with refrigerated containers"

As the world globalises and the markets, especially the emerging economies, change their consumption habits, the volume of maritime shipments continues to increase, especially container traffic. Thanks to temperature controlled refrigerated containers, products can go further and consumers can consume.....

Overseas exports and imports severely affected

Spain: Uncertainty about strikes causing severe economic impact

The stevedoring unions have suspended another three days of strikes scheduled for 10, 13 and 15 March, following the government's decision to postpone the debate and voting in Congress on the Royal Decree to reform stevedoring. This is the third time that unions have called off some of the strikes since.....

Croation transporter connecting East and West Europe

Located in the central region of Croatia, Transporti Buneta deals in the transport of frozen and fresh goods between Croatia, Italy, Serbia, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Spain and the UK. The most common routes are from Italy to the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany; but also back.....

Spanish importers resorting to other European ports to fulfil their orders

Since the first stevedore strikes were announced, there has been a slowdown of the loading and unloading duties at the main Spanish ports, according to industry sources.This is consequently leading to delays in the delivery of fruits and vegetables imported from overseas, as well as to considerable extra.....

Railway companies penalised by CNMC for hindering fruit and veg transport

The National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) has penalised Renfe, Deutsche Bahn and several railway companies from both groups with 75.6 million Euro in fines for hindering the liberalization of freight transport by rail. In many cases, this has made it difficult to reach agreements to make the.....

Maersk and IBM to use digital records and blockchain to reduce costs

Maersk, the Danish shipping company which has 18 to 20% of the market, did a proof of concept (POC) with IBM in September, tracking a container of flowers from Mombasa, on the coast of Kenya, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, using digital documents with trackable containers.Ramesh Gopinath, IBM’s vice.....

Peru to open 12 new agro-export markets in Asia & Oceania

Peru plans to open 12 new markets in Asia and Oceania for agricultural exports, the National Agricultural Sanitation Service (Senasa) informed.To this end, a delegation of Senasa experts traveled to Malaysia, where it has been meeting with authorities from the country's Department of Agriculture.....

Maersk adds new port call in Papua New Guinea

In addition to the existing port calls of Port Moresby and Lae, Maersk is adding direct calls to the northern ports of Madang and Wewak.Container News reported that Maersk said this service expansion would further help provide customers in PNG with "competitive and reliable transport solutions".It wanted to.....

Amid strikes Maersk line diverts cargo away from Algeciras, Spain

Ahead of nine days of strike action due at Spanish ports this March caused by proposed port labour reforms by the Spanish government, Maersk Line is planning to re-route certain services to avoid its local transhipment hub in Algeciras.Westbound vessels on the carrier’s Asia-Europe and Middle East services.....

Peru to open 12 new agro-export markets in Asia & Oceania

Peru plans to open 12 new markets in Asia and Oceania for agricultural exports, the National Agricultural Sanitation Service (Senasa) informed.To this end, a delegation of Senasa experts traveled to Malaysia, where it has been meeting with authorities from the country's Department of Agriculture.....

Maersk resumes cargo bookings from Europe to Asia

After recent reports stated that Maersk had put a stop on booking containers from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, Marko Mihajic, responsible for Northern and Eastern Europe, has confirmed that they have resumed booking orders as of today."We can confirm that we are accepting bookings right now. Yes, we.....

Spain: Companies seek international ports to avoid stevedore strikes

The stevedoring conflict not only affects workers and the port sector; there are many companies that depend on this traffic and have already started to prepare themselves before the stevedore strikes, called for 6 March to 26 March, because of the approval of the decree that liberalises the sector.Stocking.....

German fruit terminal adds additional crane for unloading fruit

Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Cranes continue to be in great demand for fruit handling applications at terminals around the world. At the end of 2016, HHLA Frucht- und Kühl-Zentrum, a company of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and the terminal operator SEA-invest, put a diesel-electric Konecranes.....

Maersk resumes cargo bookings from Europe to Asia

After recent reports stated that Maersk had put a stop on booking containers from Europe to Asia and the Middle East, Marko Mihajic, responsible for Northern and Eastern Europe, has confirmed that they have resumed booking orders as of today."We can confirm that we are accepting bookings right now. Yes, we.....