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Morocco: Perishable foodstuff transportation and temperature requirements

This report includes an unofficial translation of Morocco’s regulatory framework concerning the transportation and temperature requirements for perishable foodstuffs.Click here for the full report.

Container shipping line MSC stops new bookings for Iran

Last week MSC and the world’s leading container group Maersk Line were reviewing their Iran operations. This Wednesday, MSC said it would stop taking new bookings for Iran due to the decision by the United States to re-impose sanctions on Tehran after withdrawing from the international nuclear deal.In a note.....

Taiwan's T.S. Lines boosts its refrigerated capacity by 24 percent

As part of a significant expansion of its overall refrigerated capacity dedicated to serving intra-Asia trade, Taiwan’s T.S. Lines Ltd. has purchased 1,000 Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE® container refrigeration units. The shipping line’s refrigerated capacity will increase by about 24 percent, enabling T.S......

Guangxi to explore new freight services linking western China and ASEAN

The city of Qinzhou is located in the southern part of South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. A few years ago, the city was about to embrace new opportunities for rapid growth as part of the Beibu Gulf Economic Zone. This zone, established in 2006, covers six cities, including major land ports and.....

Cargo cableways boost cultivation in southwest China's mountainous regions

The recently constructed cargo cableway system in southwest China's Guizhou Province has greatly improved transport options for the locals, who are now able to transport vegetables to other areas.Dangzao village, home to roughly 1,000 people, has been officially recognized as one of the most underdeveloped.....

Strong case for reopening Gisborne to Napier line

New Zealand’s Tairawhiti Rail will try to reopen the Gisborne to Napier railway line, which it sees as financially viable. The new, not-for-profit organisation Tairawhiti Rail (TRL), formed by a group of local directors, was revealed this week in a submission to Gisborne District Council’s 2018/28 long-term.....

Spain: Almeria seeks to boost maritime shipments of fruit and veg

The Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia, Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, and the president of the Port Authority of Almeria, Carmen Ortiz, met this week with shippers who operate there to discuss the possibility of giving a boost to the maritime transport of agro-food products,.....

Vietnam: Air freight costs hinder fruit exports

Air freight costs in Vietnam are much higher than the regional average; this is believed to be one of the main reasons hindering Vietnam’s fruit exports. “We mostly export fresh mango, longan, litchi and dragon fruit to demanding markets like Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea by air because such.....

Sudan: Red Sea Councillor 'Threatened With Dismissal' for Criticising Ports Policy

A Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) of the Red Sea state reported that he was threatened with dismissal by the Speaker of the Council because of criticising the governor of the state for transfer of the cargo and unloading association into companies.Mohamed Tahir said that the Speaker of the Legislative.....

Zurich wholesaler builds two-story logistics center

Agroform AG moves to new company warehouse at the end of 2018

After a long planning period of two years, Agroform AG has definitely received the approval to build a new logistics center. Now that the construction permits have arrived, the implementation of the cultivation plans is actually being realized. At the end of the year, the Lagerhaus Süd or the Gewerbehaus 18 is.....

Emirates SkyCargo marks a fruitful year with Emirates Fresh

Emirates SkyCargo has recorded a successful year of transporting perishables with Emirates Fresh- the air cargo carrier’s specialised portfolio of solutions for air-freighting different kinds of perishable cargo across its network of over 155 destinations.In the 12 months since the launch of Emirates Fresh in.....

NZ: Northport to make debut on Kiwi Express schedule

Friday this week, May 11, will mark Northport’s arrival on the New Zealand container port scene, when Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) makes its first export loading on the newly-revamped Kiwi Express schedule.Coming as part of a larger service restructure, the new fortnightly call on the.....

Authorities inaugurate a port that connects China and Russia

A new international port linking northeastern China and Russia was inaugurated today, announced the maritime safety administration of Heilongjiang province, in the northeast of the country.The port is located in the city of Fuyuan in Heilongjiang. The terminal will be used to export vegetables, fruits,.....

Tokyo-based bus firm transports fresh local produce as well as passengers

Express buses between the Japanese cities of Takayama (Gifu Prefecture) and Tokyo are being used to transport fresh fruit and vegetables to supermarkets in the metropolis. As the distribution industry is facing a severe manpower shortage, companies are coming up with new ideas, clearing hurdles between.....

China: Jiuye Supply Chain opens new warehouse in Xi'an

Jiuye Supply Chain officially opened a new warehouse in Xi'an on May 2nd, 2018. Jiuye has 25 fresh warehouses throughout the country, including the new warehouse in Xi'an. Each warehouse provides services for fresh products. The services include storage in multiple climate controlled rooms (refrigerated.....

High air freight costs hindering Vietnamese fruit exports

The shipping fee per kilogram of fruit can be three times higher than its price at farmer’s garden. So it’s clear how Vietnamese fruit exporters are struggling to stay competitive when confronted with air freight costs that are so high compared to other countries.Fruit exports from Vietnam to European.....

European fruit for China encounters Russian boycott

Train brings Chinese fruit to Europe

On 20 November 2017, a delegation of dignitaries gathered at the train station in the Chinese city of Chengdu to celebrate the first train of the Chengdu Agricultural Produce China-Europe Express Railway leaving for Europe. The rail connection between China and Europe is part of the One Belt One Road.....

Ecuador: Banana producers support the port use agreement

Paul Gonzalez, the president of the Agricultural Center of Machala, said they didn't care who achieved the agreement, but that they were happy with the benefit that freezing the gate to ship rate at 15 cents, which is the transfer of the fruit from the trucks to the ship, will have for the banana sector.This.....

CCTV announces pilot free trade zone in Hainan

What does the free trade zone in Hainan mean for Chinese agriculture?

CCTV announced on April 13th, 2018, that the entire island of Hainan will become a pilot free trade zone with a free trade port with Chinese characteristics. Foreign ships are allowed to freely enter and leave the free trade zone. Foreign product import is exempt from taxation, and the supervision of quotas is.....

New depot strengthens Loscam Malaysia's competitive edge

Loscam Malaysia’s new central depot in Shah Alam was officially opened on 26 April 2018. Strategically located in one of the most advance industrial estates in the country, the depot is well positioned to further advance Loscam Malaysia’s objective of increasing equipment management and pooling capacity in the.....

Pakistan offers investment opportunities in warehousing and logistics

The agriculture industry is the prime mover of Pakistan’s economy, contributing a 20% share to the country’s total GDP, employing 42% of its labour force and providing a livelihood to 66% of the population. Pakistan has lately joined the club of wheat exporting countries. Furthermore, the country is among the.....

Gold Star starts new direct service to South Africa

Gold Star Line (GSL) continues build up its network with a new service that will provide a direct connection between China, Southeast Asia and South Africa.The SA1 service will be launched on May 7, operating on a weekly rotation to meet growing demand for improved services to Africa’s economic powerhouse.The.....

Ready to handle increasing exports

Kenya: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport expands cargo capacity

The construction of a new transit location at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is ongoing in a plan aimed at expanding the facility’s cargo handling capacity by more than 10 percent. The expansion will take the number of transit rooms to six. The move has been triggered by the rising air cargo.....

Hapag-Lloyd ships via the ‘Cherry Express’

Fresh cherries for China

Global cherry imports have grown by almost 70 percent over the last three years and one of the biggest producers is Chile. Last season, the country exported some 170.000 tons of cherries as part of a steadily rising trend. Its main buyer is China. In fact, approximately 94 percent of Chile’s total cherry.....

The company continues to believe in China

China: Vanguard's statement on new export tariffs and their impact

Vanguard, an American cooperative and fruit exporter, has published information about the new tariffs on fruits and nuts exported from the US to China.What's going on?On April 2, Chinese tariffs on US fruits and nuts became a reality, which affected the industry. Apples, pears, oranges, cherries, grapes,.....

US: "Ports can still thrive, even if trade deals are rewritten to limit free trade"

Orange juice from Brazil, bananas from Central America, vegetables from Mexico: Florida agriculture commissioner and GOP candidate for governor Adam Putnam heard about all the imports coming through Port Manatee on Thursday during a tour of the facility.Putnam touted the port as a key economic driver for the.....

Kenya: JKIA expands capacity for exports

The construction of a new transit shed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is ongoing in a plan aimed at expanding the facility’s cargo handling capacity by more than 10 per cent.The expansion will take the number of transit sheds to six. The move has been triggered by the rising air cargo.....

Italy: More imports for Nord Ovest

From the 23rd of April 2018, Nord Ovest spa, the import-export company, also operates in the port of Vado Ligure. In order to strengthen its fresh fruit services, Nort Ovest has opened an office at Interporto VIO in Vado Ligure, a hub for fruit in the Mediterranean handling over 500,000 tons a.....

U.S., San Francisco Bay

Port of Oakland: Shipments of fruit and vegetables up 36 percent in four years

Shipments through the Port of Oakland of containerized fresh fruit and vegetable have jumped 36 percent since 2013, according to data released this week. The Port said further gains are likely as it adds capacity to handle temperature-controlled cargo. About $6.1 billion worth of containerized fruit and veg.....

Maersk Line reducing calls at JadeWeser Port

Maersk Line plans to cancel one port call at JadeWeserPort (JWP) from its Asia-Europe services, but a spokesman said the line does want to reduce its container volume over Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven.A spokesperson for Maersk Line said that "volume will remain at least at the present level," as the.....

Maersk adds vessels for Netherlands to Russia Route

Seago Line, Maersk’s intra-European short sea carrier, has introduced new vessels to its North Europe feeder link between Rotterdam in the Netherlands and St. Petersburg, Russia. The next vessel in the series will be the Volga Maersk, which will be committed to serving the Russian market.In the Russian.....

Temperature, CO2, and O2 levels are adjustable while at sea

“We provide remote, in-transit corrective actions to containerized shipments”

All year long, vessels shipping fresh produce are moving all over the globe and are in some cases out to sea for a time frame of 30 days or more. Importers, shippers, traders, also called beneficial cargo owners, all want their produce to arrive at the destination in excellent condition for optimum shelf-life.....

50-year Wilmington port lease to Gulftainer greenlighted

Last Thursday a joint Delaware legislative committee unanimously endorsed a 50-year lease of Wilmington’s port to the Gulftainer Group, a Mideastern port operator that promised to invest $584 million to improve the existing port and to build a new deep-water terminal in Edgemoor.Six senators and six.....

U.S. and Mexico: Cold storage inaugurated at Los Indios

Last Friday the cold storage facility at Los Indios was inaugurated by local, state and federal officials from the United States and Mexico. Backers of the $525,000 secondary inspection facility say it is a crucial link in enticing more produce haulers to use the Free Trade International Bridge at Los Indios.....

CPEC starts bearing fruit for people of Pakistan

The people of Pakistan have started to benefit from the completion of some of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, but “it is just the beginning of CPEC and a big change is taking place,” said journalist Shaukat Paracha. Paracha recently visited the Port Qasim Coal-fired Power Plant, the first.....