Logistics


Interview with Massimiliano Montalti from Assologistica
Iran and Dubai - two markets not to be missed
"Iran is developing and, even if rather poor on average, it represents an interesting market for Italian investors. Dubai is the opposite - it is a very rich market and one that can only be penetrated if you have innovative products," explains Massimiliano Montalti, Vice-President of Assologistica and owner.....


Port Of Melbourne lease transaction finalised
On Monday 31 October, the Andrews Labor Government achieved financial close on the lease of the Port of Melbourne for more than $9.7 billion.The lease delivers on the Government’s election promise to lease the port, remove 50 of the country's most deadly and congested level crossings, and create thousands of.....

First shipment of Peruvian products to China scheduled
On 21 November, the first shipment of Peruvian products will be made with the collaboration of a Chinese airline, which represents a milestone in the bilateral trade relations between Peru and the world's second largest economy.China Eastern Airlines and MINCETUR, represented by Eduardo Ferreyros, signed a.....

Spain: New regular line between Santander and Rotterdam for containers and trailers
From Tuesday, the port of Santander will have a new regular line run by the company Cldn which will do the Santander-Rotterdam-Leixoes and Santander-Leixoes-Rotterdam routes, as reported by the port authority.The new service will make two weekly calls, Sundays and Tuesdays, and is specialised in the.....

Hanjin to shut down European business
Hanjin Shipping Co., won approval from a court to wind down its European operations as demand for its services to the continent slumped, reports Bloomberg.The judge overseeing Hanjin’s receivership at the Seoul Central District Court, approved the firm’s request, a court spokesman said. Hanjin will close all.....

Maersk: Suez Canal Authority proposes new toll system
Danish logistics group AP Moller-Maersk's, Maersk Line shipping arm, is considering proposals from the Suez Canal Authority for a new toll system that could involve advance payments."They have proposed a new payment method and presented it to us, and we are looking at it now," a company spokesman said.The.....


Johan Reitsma on Dutch branch, Transports Tarragona:
“Connecting link between Dutch customers and Spanish parent company”
From May 2016, the Spanish transport company, Transports Tarragona, has had local representation in the Netherlands. Johan Reitsma, who has been active in the world of transport for twenty years already, is responsible for this with his agency Foodlogicx in Amersfoort. “For years, they have been driving from.....

Indonesia has no plans to sell stake in state airline
Indonesia’s government has no plans to cut its stake in state airline, Garuda Indonesia, state enterprises minister, Rini Soemarno, told Reuters on Tuesday 25 Oct.The minister’s comment came after the Nikkei newspaper reported that the government may sell 9.5 percent of the airline to investors, including.....


Interview with Daniel Walsh, President of IFCO North America
“We contribute to feeding the world in a more responsible way”
Foldable reusable plastic containers (RPCs) are a key element in the supply chain of fresh produce. Growers use them to pack their products and for shipment to the retailer. IFCO, the leading global supplier of RPCs, has launched a new branding campaign “A better supply chain serves us all. Let’s eat.” to.....

Mexico: Citrus and vegetable export rules to become harder
The rules and processes to export citrus and vegetables will become harder for the remainder of the year, especially for producers and buyers, because the law of modernization of agricultural food safety has undergone changes that will force the parties concerned to make improvements in various areas, such.....


Switzerland:
A successful year for Kühne + Nagel
In the first nine months of this year the Kühne + Nagel Group increased their gross profit by 6.3% to 4,900 million CHF, while net turnover slightly decreased. The operational result (EBITDA) improved by 5.1% to 817 million CHF. The earnings for the same period increased by 4.1% to 533 million CHF compared.....


Last ship en route to ports
Logistics headache after Hanjin bankruptcy
The bankruptcy of the South Korean shipping company caused a lot of logistic problems among Dutch importers and exporters. Last month almost 90 Hanjin ships were still out at sea. On board were half a million sea containers. The value of the goods on board was estimated at 14 billion dollars. Thanks to.....


Traffic problems in Belgium a disaster for logistics sector
"After morning rush hour has finished, you get in line for the evening rush hour"
The traffic problem in Belgium gets worse every year; more and more cars and lorries are daily stuck in the traffic around Antwerp or Brussels. “Many people underestimate the way the cost price increases due to traffic. If the average speed decreases by 5 kilometres per hour, the cost price increases by.....

AU: Direct flight to China to improve ag opportunities
On Sunday 23 October, the first overseas passenger flight departed from the Darling Downs, carrying about 200 passengers on a mission to strengthen business relations with China. At about 11am the specially-painted Qantas A330 aircraft took off from the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport near Toowoomba with.....

Maersk resumes service to Iran
After a five-year absence, and just a year and a half after a ship in one of its container services was fired upon by the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps, (IRGC) Navy, Maersk Line has resumed its service to Iran.“This means that our customers can once again utilize our global network, large fleet of vessels.....

Philippine Ports Authority signs agreement with Belgian port operator
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has signed an one-year Understanding with a Belgian port operator, which would reduce the country’s problems in delivering goods. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the PPA and the Port of Antwerp International (PAI) and APEC-Antwerp/Flanders (APEC) comes at a.....

Collaboration between Sotracom and Fresh Express at Belgian airports
As of the start of September, the logistic service suppliers, Fresh Express and Sotracom Air Transit, have decided to enter into close collaboration at the Belgian airports. Soctracom wasn't previously located in Belgium but, as of a week and a half ago, they are effectively operational at Brussels.....


New service connects key ports in Continental Europe, UK and Norway
OPDR, as part of the CMA CGM Group, is pleased to announce the introduction of its new PENN service. Via Rotterdam, the service connects Continental Europe with the United Kingdom and Norway. Short transit times, and highly modern 45ft pallet wide high cube reefers, provide the best conditions for.....

Maersk manufactures 4,000 new integrated reefers for Seatrade
Maersk Container Industry has been selected by Seatrade as the main supplier for its expanding reefer container fleet. The 4,000 new Star Cool Integrated™ reefers will be equipped with the latest technology to protect perishable cargo during long-distance transportation and keep energy consumption at a.....

China: Online food stores hit a snag once again
For the past few years, the Chinese online market for fresh food has been growing rapidly and assets have accumulated one after another. All kinds of subsidies and sale promotions have also caused a fast increase in customer usage and customer loyalty. However, during the first half of this year, the.....


Slight increase in port fees
The number of ESI-certified ships is rising
While in 2016 the port fees didn’t increase, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) will raise the port fee rate by 0.9% for the majority of their operations in 2017. “Our policy sends a clear signal to shipping companies and port industries. It is our goal to ensure that Hamburg remains attractive as a port of.....


Danny Cevaal, Schouw Informatisering:
“Internationalisation of automation within fresh produce trade”
In the past two years, Schouw Informatisering saw a remarkable increase in requests from the fresh produce market for international ERP projects. On the one hand from existing Dutch customers who want to automise branches abroad with the Dynamics ERP-based SI Foodware Fresh Produce. On the other hand from.....


Tests with mushrooms and grapes between Germany and Spain
New smart container for fruit and vegetable transport
This container makes it possible to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables during transport, allowing them to reach the consumer in the best condition. Moreover, it is made from recyclable materials, resulting in greater sustainability and competitiveness in the fresh produce distribution.....


AGRO Merchants Group completes facility expansion in Rotterdam
ADB Cool Company (ADB), part of AGRO Merchants Group since 2015, officially opened their new facility expansion in October 2016. The expansion adds 13 loading bays and 6,000 pallet positions, bringing the site to a capacity of 23,198 pallet positions. This expansion enhances the company’s repacking.....


APM Terminals sells stake in Italian facility to Chinese partners
Cosco Shipping Ports and Qingdao Port International Development (Hong Kong) have purchased a minority stake in a joint venture led by APM Terminals (APMT), that will operate facilities in Vado, northwest Italy.The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Cosco and Qingdao PID will own respective shares.....

India: Investment in the value chain helps reduce imports
Unlike most other logistics companies with cold storage in India, which work mostly with dairy products, pharmaceuticals or processed products, Suri Agrofresh is fully devoted to fresh produce. “All the fruit coming to us is delivered in a palletised form and is handled in the most efficient manner,.....


Pilot for new regulations on external scanning successful
The pilot that was started on 18 July, testing a new process to make scanning via the external lane possible, has been successful, according to the evaluation of 23 September. The involved parties concluded that the measures taken and agreements made had the intended effect, and that the amounts remained.....


Jan Gerrit Slot: “Focus fresh transport on Belgium and the Netherlands”
Van Straalen De Vries Transport starts branch in Valencia
The company Van Straalen De Vries Transport has about 220 lorries driving around the Netherlands, doing everything from shop distribution to flower and plant transportation. Since this summer, the company also has a branch in Valencia, Spain. Jan Gerrit Slot, who lives in Spain, was asked to start the branch.....


Hamburger Hafen und Logistik:
Metrans, an Intermodal subsidiary, celebrates 25 years of success
Metrans, a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen and Logistik (HHLA) started operations in Prague 25 years ago. In those 25 years Metrans has become the market leader for container transport between the seaports on the North Sea coast, the Adriatic, and Central and Eastern Europe. Loyal customers and long-standing.....


Florida's first ocean-to-air perishables freight trans-shipment program
MIA soon to receive perishable freight by sea
Already the busiest port of entry in America for international air freight, Miami International Airport will soon be able to receive perishable freight imports by sea as well – a first for any Florida airport – through a permit approved in September by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The first.....

Hafen Hamburg, Germany
Unifeeder expands coverage of Northern Europe
Unifeeder has expanded its existing network on the Baltic Sea. From now on there will be container ship departures from Hamburg to Aalborg (Denmark), Halmstad and Norrkoeping (Sweden) and the RCT Terminal in Riga (Latvia).With the expansion of the network, Unifeeder offers its customers a connection once or.....

Spain: New service to export fruit and veg to China
The Spanish subsidiary of DHL Supply Chain will launch a new service to export fruits and vegetables to China.This new export service aims to simplify the logistics operations for companies in the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector, following the agreement signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and the.....

Data sharing agreement of MSC and Portbase makes Dutch ports smarter
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Portbase have signed a data sharing agreement. By doing so, both parties make it possible to provide an acceleration in the logistics chain of fruit transportation. The wider sharing of data is good news for branch association Frugi Venta and its fruit importers who.....

''Hanjin can’t charge shippers for boxes it can’t carry''
Hanjin Shipping cannot require payment from exporters who find another carrier to move cargo that the South Korean carrier was unable to deliver, a US bankruptcy court judge has ruled.In response to a request by Globerunners, Inc., a third-party logistics provider and non-vessel-operating common carrier, US.....


UK-China sign unlimited air cargo agreement
The UK and China are increasing air freight cooperation; they have agreed to allow an unlimited number of air cargo services and more than double the number of flights to 100 a week between their two countries.A restriction on the number of destinations has also been increased from six, allowing services.....

Spain: Port of Marin handles 115,000 tonnes of fruit per year
The fruit terminal of the Port of Marin, operated by Davila Reefer Terminal, handles more than 115,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables per year, as highlighted by the Port Authority, adding that "the traffic volumes are growing every year and the forecast is that this trend will continue upward. "In fact, the.....

High fresh produce cargo volumes expected
Cathay Airways expands freighter service with Brisbane call
Cathay Pacific Airways has added a weekly scheduled service to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport in southern Queensland, Australia, as it expands itsfreighter services in the South West Pacific.It will become the first dedicated international freighter service to Wellcamp, and will operate on a Hong.....


Rob van Opzeeland:
“More trade companies looking for logistic partners”
One of the youngest companies at the trade centre in Barendrecht is Kivits-GOES. Over six months ago the company opened a new location. This was a long standing ambition, say Rob van Opzeeland and Ad Goes.“We are a logistic service supplier in the widest sense of the word. We do distribution, packaging,.....

France : La Compagnie Fruitière offers their services to fruit and vegetable producers
La Compagnie Fruitière is offering producers the perfect solution to manage fruit and vegetable storage in the heart of Marseille. The urban warehouse is IFS certified (hygiene/safety) and entirely equipped with : 10 rooms at room temperature, an overall capacity of 400 dry crates, 8 rooms with temperatures.....

Calais crisis
Migrant killed in accident with UK driver
An Eritrean migrant died and his wife was injured in an accident involving a British car driver on a motorway near the French port of Calais.The pair were knocked down on an interchange where dozens of migrants were reportedly trying to climb on to lorries.Some of the migrants then set upon the British.....

Four operators compete for Panama Canal’s new container terminal
Four pre-qualified port operators are competing for the concession to design, develop, finance, construct, operate and maintain a 5 million TEU per year container terminal located near Corozal, in the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has issued a Request For Proposals.....

Concor partners APMT, Maersk to bid for Colombo container terminal
Container Corporation of India (Concor) has formed a consortium with APM Terminals B.V., John Keells Holdings and Maersk Line, to bid for the development of the East Container Terminal in Colombo. The total project value is likely to be about $550-600 million.Currently, the Colombo Port has four container.....