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Customs and Border Protection Philadelphia protects perishable produce from pests

In Philadelphia, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have developed some innovative partnerships and processes to reduce the damage of pests on perishable produce coming into the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, invasive species cause $138 billion annually in economic.....

New COO, Contract Logistics, at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

As of May 1, 2018, Robert Bommers will become the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Contract Logistics division of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. In this function, Mr. Bommers is globally responsible for the entire Contract Logistics division, which is Hellmann's third business unit alongside the Road.....

Record year for New Zealand’s Eastland Port

Eastland Port shifted three million tonnes of cargo in the financial year to the end of March 2018, breaking all previous records. In the year in question, 31,178 ships took away 3,002,369 tonnes of cargo from Eastland Port.“It takes skilled wharf staff and a whole lot of collaboration to shift three million.....

Shandong Shipping acquires major stake in cold chain logistics firm

Chinese state-run shipping company Shandong Shipping has announced a plan to acquire a 70% stake in Shandong Aitong Haifeng International Logistics.Shandong Shipping will acquire 65% shares of the company from Japanese logistics company Itochu Logistics and the other 5% from Japanese warehousing company Yamate.....

Optimization of logistics flows and preservation of product quality

Agri-Commerce relies on the experience of Euro Pool System and LPR

In the context of the growing standardization of fruit and vegetable packaging, 80% of the plastic boxes used by Agri-Commerce to transport fruit and vegetables are now reusable. The European specialist in fruit trade has resorted to the experience of Euro Pool System and LPR to optimise its logistical flows.....

London to Duisburg and China freight service launched

Following last year’s demonstration services (China to London and London to China), on April 10 the inaugural scheduled freight service from DP World’s London Gateway terminal to the Duisburg freight hub in Germany set off. The load including containers bound for China. The regular service is operated by GB.....

At Port Elizabeth’s Coega Special Economic Zone

South Africa: Cold storage two-fold expansion

The Port Elizabeth Cold Storage Plant, operated from Port Elizabeth’s Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), was one of the very first export orientated investors to locate their facility at this zone.Now it is once again expanding its facility at Coega. The investment worth R10 million (€672,500) is the second.....

950 million euro deal

Denmark's DFDS agrees to buy Turkish shipper U.N. Ro-Ro

Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has agreed to buy Turkish freight shipping operator U.N. Ro-Ro from Turkish private equity firms Actera Group and Esas Holdings for 950 million euros on a debt-free basis.It marks a change of course for the Turkish company, which had planned an initial public offering.....

APL adds port calls to China - Philippines Express 1 Service

APL today announced that its China Philippines Express 1 (CP1) service will be making additional calls at the Chinese port of Xiamen and Batangas in the Philippines. This development extends the market coverage of the shortsea service that links South China and the Philippines.Each week, the enhanced CP1.....

U.S. truck rate report

This spring, in the U.S. a shortage of trucks was reported for the following commodities: tomato, squash, cucumber, honeydew, watermelon and mixed vegetables from Mexico Crossings through Nogales, Arizona.A slight shortage of trucks was reported for the following commodities: Iceberg lettuce, broccoli,.....

North Norfolk

UK family farm plans on building large potato store

Nick Harrold from E F Harrold Ltd in Oulton, near Aylsham, has applied to Broadland District Council for full planning permission for a 2,200 ton agricultural box potato store. The family farm hopes to build this large potato store in order to boost business and reduce the impact of delivery vehicles on rural.....

Brexit offers challenges for automation

The possible import duties that might apply as soon as Britain closes the door on Europe is not the biggest problem. This is according to Martin Meacock of the Descartes. His background at the automation company has highlighted the issues with customs formalities and digital processing, in particular. It is.....

Migros launches new 'Social Shopping' platform: Amigos

On the Plattform AMIGOS, people who want to have their purchases delivered to their home will meet those who are happy to take on this task. The pilot project will start on April 6, 2018 in the Zurich and Bern area. The social, interpersonal aspect is central. Migros customers will be able to shop for each.....

Afghanistan to export to China through Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan

Afghanistan will ship its products to China via Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. This was the subject of talks between the Afghan Minister of Transport, Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi, and the leaders of Uzavtotrans JSC, Urta Osiyo Trans JSC, Uztrade JSC and Uzsanoatexport JSC.All participants were keen to see a practical.....

China: Zhongchuan Airport is approved for import of foreign fruits

According to the Gansu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, on April 2, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine agreed that Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport can begin to import foreign fruits on a trial basis. From now on, the imported fruits that are.....

Elmer de Bruin of TLN at the Brexit session

"Those long queues at Calais and Dover will come"

"Brexit is a fact. The transition phase is not", said Elmer de Bruin of TLN during his presentation at the Brexit session. "It is important to the logistics sector that a good trade agreement is reached between the United Kingdom (UK) and the Netherlands. We do not know if this will be the case." On 29 March.....

Maersk Line expands online platform service scope

Maersk Line has taken further steps towards simplifying the supply chains of its customers by expanding the service scope on its online platform ship.maerskline.com to cover more major trades and address customers' pain points.The new scope on the platform will cover customers exporting from ports of Shanghai.....

Black Sea container market up 12.75 percent during 2017

The Black Sea container terminals of Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Georgia and Bulgaria handled 2,752,709 TEU in 2017, including empty containers but excluding transshipment. Total growth achieved by these five countries in 2017 was 12,74% compared to the same period last year.In 2017, there was a laden container.....

China Shipping employs blockchain technology in banana imports

The China Water Transport Newspaper has reported the that China Shipping Group is cooperating with JD and Good Farmer to pick up bananas from Ecuador for Chinese consumers using blockchain technology. This is the first time that blockchain technology has been employed in international container shipping. China.....

Walmart implements two new innovations in some 700 stores

Walmart is adding pickup towers to 700 stores. What are ‘pickup towers’? They are distinctive orange towers, which serve as vending machines for online orders. Furthermore, the company is pairing the new towers with pickup lockers that hold larger items like televisions.The towers are part of Walmart’s.....

Erwin van Aken, Brexit session moderator

"All we know is that Brexit is going to happen"

Last week, Nieuwsblad Transport held a Brexit session. There were several speakers, mainly from the logistics sector, present at the event. They were there to give the public more insight into Brexit. This session aimed to raise awareness of Brexit and to give companies the tools and insight to prepare.....

Blockchain and cryptocurrency to usher in new era for supply chains

Major shippers of perishables are expecting a widespread adoption of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in the next decade. At the recent TPM conference in Long Beach, Chayenne Wiskerke, chief executive of Wiskerke Onions, the world’s largest shipper of onions, said cryptocurrencies could potentially.....

Maersk Line’s reefer innovations leading the way to scale up the refrigerated cargo transportation

In the past year, Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the Maersk Group has enabled the movement of multiple consignments of complex cargoes out of India successfully. Due to its global presence and network, the exporter network of India has been able to successfully reach out to new.....

Port of Dunkirk profits from empty return transport to UK

The port of the Northern French town of Dunkirk isn’t known as a port of call for fruits and vegetables. Located at a junction of trade routes, Luc van Holzaet, manager of Conhexa, sees many advantages for this port. His company has been located in the port for decades.In a regular year, roughly 400,000 tonnes.....

First containers shipped via Port of Flevokust

By shipping out its first containers, CTU Flevokust brought into use the new container port near Lelystad, the Netherlands, earlier this week. In the coming months, people will still be hard at work to complete the port area of five hectares by mid-2018. At the same time, the industrial estate inside the dikes.....

Tanzania: Plea for cargo plane to transport fruit

Horticulture stakeholders in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania have renewed their calls to the government for a cargo plane to transport products to both the domestic and foreign markets.The growers argue that local sales of horticultural products have not reached the required peak for lack of efficient.....

Rwanda: New storage facilities to end hoarding of Irish potatoes

Potato farmers in Rwanda’s Musanze and Rubavu districts will soon get new storage facilities, in order to resolve price fixing and hoarding by trade middle men.Last Tuesday the Prime Minister told Parliament that key Irish potato growing districts will receive storage facilities as a solution to the problem of.....

China's COSCO Shipping: Demand to remain buoyant in 2018

COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd said it expects further growth in container shipping demand, thanks to a continued recovery in global trade. The statement came after a report that it had swung to a net profit of 2.7 billion yuan ($429.42 million) for 2017.COSCO's optimism, which comes after Hong Kong based.....

China: First 8S Brand Partners Convention in the new "Warehouse City"

On March 28, The 8S Brand Agricultural "Warehouse City" Project Conference and the first 8S Brand Partners Convention was held in Pujiang County, Chengdu. Guests from every part of China have arrived at the 8S "Warehouse City" in Pujiang. The event was organized by the Cinoong company from Chengdu, with the.....

Cydiance launches Cydiance Book in English, Chinese and Spanish

China: logistics tracking and collaboration platform ensures multi-party cooperation

Since its establishment in 2014, Cydiance has been working with Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies to provide location, temperature and humidity related applications for the international fresh products trade. Cydiance'stools allow customers to track and record the whole process starting from.....

Bolloré to invest €400 million in Ivory Coast port terminal

French industrial conglomerate Bolloré aims to invest €400 million to build a second container terminal at Ivory Coast’s main port of Abidjan, the deputy CEO of its transport and logistics division told the press. Philippe Labonne, deputy CEO of Bolloré Transport and Logistics, spoke on the side-lines of an.....

Truck toll on federal roads increases logistic costs by 2 billion euros annually

Despite initially unchanged toll rates, the regional expansion of truck tolls to an additional 40,000 kilometers of federal highways from 1 July 2018 onwards will result in a significant cost increase in freight transport of up to € 2 billion annually. This is indicated by the Federal Association of Freight.....

First cargo flights between north-east China and Alaska to begin

Direct cargo flights between Anchorage, Alaska, and Northeast China’s largest city, Harbin, with 10.6 million residents, are to launch in June 2018. Alaska’s Department of Transportation will meet with provincial officials from Heilongjiang Province, where Harbin is located, sometime in April to finalize.....

Better export networks will follow

Australia: More interstate sea freight necessary

If Australia is to seriously develop a modern agricultural export mentality -and the infrastructure to support it- it should be moving far more of its domestic market needs on ships. Produce and agricultural equipment currently criss-crosses the country via costly road freight routes or an under-capitalised.....

First fruits came to Chongqing Port by land

China: Breakthrough in Chongqing

On March 21, 2 batches of longans from Thailand and 2 batches of dragon fruit from Vietnam were transported to the Chongqing Bonded Port Area viathe southbound passage. They have already passed the quarantine services' examination and passed through the customs successfully.Longans from Vietnam arrive at.....

Doubling down on freshness

Hardie’s Fresh Foods selects Blue Ridge to align customer demand with inventory

Hardie's Fresh Foods has a rich history in the fresh produce business, providing farm fresh fruit and vegetables to food service and retailers since 1943. Further investing in its distribution operation, the premier fresh food distributor has selected supply chain planning solutions from Blue Ridge to better.....