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New Zealand: Kiwifruit industry needs to spend $1 billion to keep up with demand

The industry that handles kiwifruit after they're harvested will have to start investing heavily in order to keep pace with Zespri's ambitious outlook for exports. Experts give a number of $1 billion.Zespri, which markets most of New Zealand's export kiwifruit crop, expects demand will result in it doubling.....

Maersk to cut 17 port calls from new Asia-Europe schedules

Global carrier Maersk Line is relaunching its Asia-Europe Network with an overall reduction of 17 port calls on its North European and Mediterranean strings. Furthermore, the company will add one vessel, in a move that is designed to improve schedule reliability. The first Westbound sailings on the new.....

Upgraded reliability – Premium product in terms of port coverage & transit times

Hamburg Süd: Improved Asia – Europe/Mediterranean network

Since February 2017, Hamburg Süd, through its partnership with 2M, has been able to offer its customers access to the world’s most comprehensive Asia–Europe/Mediterranean network. As part of a regular network review, and in an effort to enhance schedule reliability, the decision has been made to rearrange this.....

Ignacio Sanhueza Cabrera from the Dalian Yidu Group

"First Charter Vessel from Chile to China with around 4.000 pallets of Chillean fruit"

VIDEOWe recently published an article about the first charter boat with nothing but Chilean Fruit that was on its way to Shanghai. This video published by the Blueberry and apple manager of the Dalian Yidu Group, Ignacio Sanhueza, illustrates how this the event has been viewed. It was explained in the previous.....

Maersk Line relaunches Asia-Europe Network to increase schedule reliability

Maersk Line announces changes to its services connecting Asia and Europe to focus on improving the reliability of the world’s most comprehensive Asia-Europe network. Enhancements address customers’ needs for stable and efficient services and allow for competitive coverage of ports and main markets in both Asia.....

Construction starts on Asia's largest cross-border agricultural products cold-chain logistic center

On the morning of March 12, the first-phase construction of the China General Chamber of Commerce's cross-border agricultural products cold-chain logistic center, formally started in the Ningbo Meishan Bonded Port Area. Upon completion of the project, it will be Asia's largest and most intelligent cold-chain.....

If push to supersize infrastructure does not materialize

Australia: Agro industry's 2030 $100 billion goal at risk

Australia must actively start building more international airports in regional areas and vastly improve other transport and agricultural infrastructure if its farm sector is to hit its $100 billion production goals by 2030.According to leading Asia watcher and business adviser, Doug Ferguson, the nation is not.....

SF Express and Havi join up to establish refrigerated distribution company

SF Express and Havi announced on the morning of March 13th in Beijing that they had reached an agreement to establish a joint venture in China. Both sides will join hands to establish a refrigerated distribution company. SF Express will be the stock holder for the joint venture, but the joint venture will.....

Port of Dunkirk: SNF Floerger invests 60 million euros

SNF Floerger, The French specialist in water chemistry, announced its installation on the port of Dunkirk. The key element is an investment of at least 60 million euros and providing 200 jobs, according to the Dunkirk town hall.SNF, World leader in polyacrylamides and water-soluble polymers used for water.....

China: First batch of Australian peaches arrive in Shandong

According to the official website of the Shandong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, the first cargo aircraft with 1,300 kg of Australian fresh peaches on board arrived at Qingdao Airport a few days ago. This special cargo port of Qingdao Airport has been open in January 2018. Since then, the.....

Global food trends and reefer technologies

As the world's population is becoming more interested in leading a healthy lifestyle and disposable incomes increase, people become more conscious of choosing nutritious food. Accordingly, the demand for so-called "superfoods" has skyrocketed.Euromonitor claims that China now consumes 40% of the world's fruit.....

Hamburg Süd and Aliança providing a door-to-door transportation chain

In addition to pure maritime transport, intermodal transport is developing an optimal door-to-door transport chain, and the most suitable modes of transport are being put together worldwide. The so-called pre and post runs will be part of Hamburg Süd's specific offer in the future as well. Hamburg Süd has a.....

Increasing popularity E-Food is causing capacity problems for delivery services

When a customer wanted to place an order with Edeka Bringmeister last Thursday, a question arose about the proposed delivery times. On Twitter, he asked how it was possible to order something on Thursday, only to receive it on Saturday or even Monday. Edeka Bringmeister answered quickly and apologized. Due to.....

The first charter boat with nothing but Chilean fruit arrives in Shanghai

For the first time ever, a charter boat loaded exclusively with fresh Chilean fruit arrived at the port of Shanghai, China, the largest port in cargo volume in the world. The shipment of 4,000 tons of fruit, from 30 exporting companies, was received by authorities of both countries.In December 2012, the Dalian.....

Lyttelton Port

New Zealand: South Island trade gateway closed by strike

The strike by the Rail and Maritime Union of New Zealand (RMTU) has shut Lyttelton Port, a vital trade gateway for the South Island.According to LPC Operations Manager Paul Monk, if shipping is unable to come in or out of the Port for thirteen days during the RMTU strikes from 13 to 25 March, there will be.....

In search of new ideas

Maersk teams up with Israeli start-up accelerator TheDock

P Moller Maersk has turned to a Tel Aviv start-up accelerator in its drive to shake up maritime logistics.The Danish conglomerate has been hitting the headlines recently with its announcements about taking more control of the complete container logistics chain. As part of this, the company is looking for.....

Seatrade Group

Delivery of m.v. Juice Express

With great pleasure it was announced that on Monday 12 March 2018, m.v. Juice Express was delivered at GSHI shipyard to her owners.Under a bright morning sun and with the new vessel in the background, words of gratitude were spoken by Mr AiHu, General Manager of GSHI and Mr Mark Jansen, Managing Director of.....

Vegetable specialists now deliver to people’s homes using Yape

VIDEOYape is a self-driving delivery robot that can transport up to 70 kilograms. The robot recognises faces and automatically opens as soon as the right person is standing in front of it. It can travel about 80 kilometres per delivery session.Yape uses both sidewalks and cycle paths. On sidewalks, it has a speed.....

Maersk's port division to expand onshore services

Danish shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk will begin expanding onshore services at its global port division to accommodate demands from companies like railway operators and freight haulers, according to newspaper Borsen.“Until now it has been the big shipping lines that have paid our bills, and that’s why.....

Cyber attack resulted in loss of millions for shipping company

Maersk experiences increasing turnover on growing container market

In June 2017, the terminal of APM in Rotterdam was inactive for a few days due to a cyber attack. Parent company A.P. Moller-Maersk’s systems were also down for a few days because of the digital attack. The Danish shipping company lost 250 to 300 million dollar as a result, according to the annual report of.....

"Vietnam & EU likely to sign FTA soon"

Vietnam and the European Union (EU) are likely to sign the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) soon, Daniel Muller, ASEAN Regional Manager for the German Asia-Pacific Business Association, said in an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reporters in Germany.The EVFTA is the bloc’s first.....

Portsmouth International Port welcomes new business development manager

In a proactive move to enhance customer relations and further develop its cruise, ferry and freight markets, Portsmouth International Port has appointed Ian Palacio as new business development manager.As part of the new business development manager role Ian will be working on fresh opportunities for ferry.....

Maersk US East Coast mishap

Update: container with sulfuric acid somewhere off North Carolina coast

Somewhere off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a shipping container filled with nearly 3 tons of sulfuric acid is floating about. Last Sunday, US Coast Guard officials warned mariners that up to 73 cargo containers fell off a ship Saturday night, about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.The cargo ship.....

Excellent movement of agriculture goods

India: Truck rentals up 9 percent

Truck rentals on the trunk routes saw an increase of 9% in January and February 2018 on the back of a massive diversion of trucks towards infrastructure projects, increases in diesel price, an uptick in manufacturing activity and stronger movement of various agri products across the country.According to.....

“Fifth lorry has been ordered”

Gebr. Opstal Transport moves into building at auction site Bleiswijk

Last year, Gebr. Opstal Transport was founded as a sort of joke. For years, John Opstal had worked in a planning department, his brother was active as a driver, and soon one thing led to another. The transport activities have now taken serious shape. In five weeks, the fifth lorry is expected, and on next.....

Investment of over $3 million - up to 50 new jobs created

US: dnata opens Dallas Fort Worth’s first perishable cargo facility

dnata officially opened a 37,000 sq. ft. cargo centre that includes the only dedicated cool-chain perishable cargo facility at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Following the recent acquisition of a cargo facility in Houston, this state-of-the-art cargo handling centre is suitable for all.....

Weekly shipments

Canary bananas to be shipped to Portugal and northern Spain by Boluda Lines

The shipping company Boluda Lines has reintroduced a stopover in the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma for the maritime shipping route of the North Line. This will allow it to transport Canary bananas from the Canary Islands to Portugal and the north of Spain once a week. This was reported on the website of the.....

Digital platform shows seafreight service offerings

Sea Explorer offers Kuehne + Nagel’s customers an easy gateway to the company’s comprehensive overview of direct global seafreight services. With access to more than 3,000 vessels and more than 750 direct weekly services, Kuehne + Nagels network provides maximum flexibility in global container transport for.....

Storm in France hampers the exit of Spanish fruit and vegetables

Trucks transporting Spanish fruit and vegetables to destinations throughout Europe have been affected by the traffic hold-ups in the south of France because of the violent storm.The Spanish fruit and vegetables export is “stuck” in the south of France as reported by the transport association of Murcia FROET......

Port of Antwerp intensifies cooperation with coast of West Africa

Antwerp and Dakar port authorities are to collaborate more closely in the next few years. In this way Antwerp, the second-largest port in Europe, seeks to reinforce its historic position as leader on the coast of West Africa. The Senegalese port of Dakar for its part views the collaboration as a way to.....

Increase in Chinese agricultural exports to Russia through Manzhouli

In 2017, the export of fruits and vegetables from China to the Russian Federation through the Manzhouli (Manchuria) checkpoint of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (North China) amounted to 417.9 thousand tonnes, with a total value of $ 264 million. This was 24% and 16% more, respectively, compared to the.....

Hundreds of Spanish trucks stranded for over 24 hours in France

"There have been moments of great tension with European chains"

The snowstorms and frosts have taken a toll on the fruit and vegetable sector in several ways, not just with the direct loss of production in the field, but also with disruptions in the logistics process. Numerous Spanish trucks carrying fruit and vegetables were stranded for more than 24 hours, 80 kilometres.....

Rewe Group

Germany: Billion euro investment in logistics centers

The Rewe Group wants to build 7 new logistics centers in Germany. The reason for these investments is the expected growth of the group up until 2025. Rewe Logistics Manager Matthias Bähr told the "Deutschen Verkehrs-Zeitung" that the old locations, insofar as they will not be absorbed into the new ones, should.....

Drastically reducing road transport south of Whangarei

New kiwifruit shipping service from Northport, New Zealand

A new shipping service for Northland's $40 million kiwifruit industry will take more than 500 truck and trailers trips off the road south of Whangarei and increase profits for the region's growers.Starting May this year, Northland's kiwifruit will be able to travel directly to Singapore from Northland, via a.....

Horrendous weather prohibited re-stocking

Several UK supermarkets have empty shelves

Mirror.co.uk reported how the horrendous weather of the past few days affected logistics during the weekend.It seems like several supermarkets showed empty shelves. Even panic buying seems to have occurred in stores as far afield as Bristol, Manchester, Yorkshire, Scotland, Kent and Cornwall.

Samskip takes 360 degree view of sustainability

The principle of sustainability influences every aspect of business at multimodal operator Samskip. Earlier this year, international transport and shipping company Samskip unveiled an online CO2 carbon footprint calculator to help shippers quantify the impact using multimodal transport could have on the.....

Due to storm slamming East Coast

Ship on the way to Port of Charleston loses containers

The crew of a container ship on its way to the Port of Charleston saw between 70 and 73 cargo containers go overboard on Saturday night during high winds and rough seas off the coast of North Carolina.The Maersk Shanghai contacted U.S. Coast Guard officials to say the containers went into the ocean about 17.....

Costa Rica

Puerto Limon: Diversifying to survive in the face of competition

The Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica (Japdeva), operator of the port of Limon in Costa Rica, is seeking to diversify its business, focusing on conventional cargo handling.This is mainly in order to compensate for the losses it will face when the Terminal de.....

TRAILS Project

France: Optimizing infrastructure between Catalonia and Occitania

The project TRAILS (TRAnsnational Intermodal Links to Sustainability) was selected as part of the Interreg POCTEFA program for territorial co-operation co-financed by ERDF funds.Its main objective is to promote the modal shift in our regions, to optimize the existing structures and increase the number of rail.....

VIE cool handling: Innovative solution for transporting temperature sensitive air cargo goods

Vienna Airport is offering a new and innovative concept - VIE COOL HANDLING - to transport temperature sensitive goods in air cargo. Four new customized reefer trailers enabling the improved transport of temperature sensitive air cargo on the airport apron comprise the core element of this solution. As a.....

Weekly departure from Europe to North America

Eimskip will increase calls to and from North-America and Europe. Weekly departures to North America from Europe is the result of a growing market in North America.“Over the last few years we have seen more interest from our customers in North-America and Europe for more frequent calls between the continents,”.....

Logistics needs to be well organised in case of emergency

Logistics has been made rather difficult by the snow and ice over the past few days. However, many operators felt the decision taken by many prefectures to prohibit the circulation of heavy vehicles on motorways was rather illogical. While it is true that this didn't apply to vehicles transporting perishable.....

Oppy Transport adds business development expertise

Oppy Transport, the transportation and logistics arm of The Oppenheimer Group, has named Chase Wrightson to the new position of senior business development manager. Based in the company’s Newark, Del. office, Wrightson oversees the new business strategy for Oppy’s third party logistics company.Wrightson joined.....

China's first AI warehouse for cross-border e-commerce

The country's first AI warehouse for cross-border e-commerce is currently under construction in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Area. The Beijing cross-border e-commerce tariff service for online purchases will start simultaneously. After construction is finished, Beijing consumers will be.....

New Chairman of the Board at Global Ports

Global Ports Investments PLC (“Global Ports” or the “Company”, together with its subsidiaries and joint ventures, the “Group” or the “Global Ports Group”; LSE ticker: GLPR) today announced that, at a meeting on 26 February 2018, the Board of Directors of Global Ports elected Mr. Morten Engelstoft, APM.....

Costa Rica celebrates a milestone in improved supply chain connectivity

A formal ceremony was held at Terminal de Contenedores de Moín on February 23rd to commemorate the arrival of the facility’s first three Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and six Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (RTGs).The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, and the CEO of APM Terminals, Morten Engelstoft,.....

Launching three new services between Asia, Mexico and South American west coast

CMA CGM continues development in Latin America

Three new weekly services with shortened transit timesExpanded port coverage: 17 ports served in Asia, Mexico and the west coast of South America11 CMA CGM Group ships deployedThe CMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, is pleased to announce it is reinforcing its offer, starting 4 April 2018,.....

Italy: Buran halts road transport

The buran, the freezing wind that originates in Siberia, hit Italy on 25th February worsening a situation that was already dire in some regions. Snowstorms will sweep across the entire Adriatic coast while temperatures will drop below zero in the Tyrrhenian area. A new weather front is expected between 28th.....

First refrigerated transport for vegetables going from China to Russia

The Russian website sputniknews.cn reports that on the 15th of Feb, a specialized refrigerated train loaded with 135 tons of tomatoes and 25 tons of colored peppers left China for Russia. This is also the first train to export agricultural products from Sichuan.According to online news from Sichuan provincial.....

Conventional reefers no longer sailing, but reefer container market not simple

Due to the age of conventional reefer ships, 30 years on average, more and more ships will be taken off of the water in the coming year. Last year the company formerly known as Lloyd scrapped 24 reefer ships, the largest amount since 2012. This was mentioned by Dynamar in a recent report. Special reefer.....

To increase capacity threefold by 2020

P&O Ferries plan new £150 million river berth at Tilbury

P&O Ferries today announces that it has reached agreement with Forth Ports to move to a purpose-built £150 million river berth on the Thames at the Port of Tilbury which will treble its freight capacity to 600,000 units a year by 2020.The integrated ferry and logistics company - which last month reported.....