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Savannah new entry port for Chilean blueberries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cleared the Port of Savannah to serve as a new entry port for Chilean blueberries. Previously, the imported berries could only enter the U.S. through one of three regions: South Florida, Philadelphia/New York, and LA/Long Beach.“Because Savannah is hundreds of miles.....

2017 Traffic:

Port of Dunkirk beats 50 MT records

Annual traffic for 2017 was over 50.4 MT, an increase of 3% compared with 2016. General cargoes . were 9% down overall, with a tonnage of 20.55 MT. Cross-Channel traffic posted a good year but had to contend with fierce competition from the other operators in this sector. Traffic totalled 16.4 MT, a fall of.....

Unifeeder adding Vlissingen to the network

Unifeeder, the container carrier behind the largest intra-European integrated network, has added another port to its extensive coverage.From February 2018, Unifeeder will be calling at Vlissingen twice per week and will connect the Dutch port with Oslo, Helsingborg and Helsinki.The new connections give.....

China: Walmart brings Taiwanese fruits to the mainland

Walmart China and the Taiwan's Pingtung Agricultural Association organized the 2018 Walmart Taiwanese Fruit Festival, which opened on January 12. Authentic Taiwanese fruits are being sold in more than 400 stores in mainland China and through the JD.com online platform. The first batch includes such fruits as.....

Euro Pool System's banana tray wins the 2018 Pro-K award in Germany

The Pro-K award is a unique initiative from the German plastic industry, established since 1979, to encourage designers to send in new innovations exclusively made from plastic. The banana tray has been developed in close cooperation with Bekuplast and Euro Pool System.The Euro Pool System team proudly show.....

René Baan of IPHandlers:

"We process over 75 million kilo of air freight annually"

The processor of incoming air freight, IPHandlers, is mainly focused on the flower sector. In recent years, however, they have been expanding more and more and are gaining increasing numbers of customers in the fruit and vegetable sector. René Baan of IPHandlers: "We notice we are gaining customers from the.....

Fresh Line Fruit Services GmbH launches Reclamation Trading 2.0

“Our job is to ease the pain”

Sooner or later, every fruit and vegetable supplier will have the experience when a delivery, for some reason, does not arrive at its destination and -after a detour and at double the cost- ends up at the waste disposal center. This is not the case at Fresh Line Fruit Services GmbH: for several years, the.....

Chile: Valparaiso terminals lead fruit exports

The Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (Asoex) stated that the terminals of the port of Valparaiso led in fruit exports.According to the trade union, in the 2016-2017 campaign, the leased terminals of Valparaíso mobilized 1,599,791 tons of fruit, i.e. 38.71% more than in the 2015-2016 cycle.The second.....

Exceptionally high US freight rates set to ease

Freight rates have been a hot topic in the fresh produce industry across the United States recently. Growers and shippers have expressed their concerns about having to pay exceptionally high rates to get their produce to the market. Availability of trucks has been cited as both a cause for the high rates,.....

JD’s latest step to transform e-commerce market in Southeast Asia

JD.com invests in Tiki, Vietnam’s leading B2C E-commerce platform

January 16, 2018JD.com, China’s largest retailer, has gained another foothold in Southeast Asia with its strategic investment in Tiki, Vietnam’s leading B2C e-commerce platform. JD has signed the share subscription agreement as co-lead investor in Tiki’s recent Series C round of financing. Closing of the.....

Over 3.5 million trips made

Southeastern produce grower completes first year of RPC-partnership

Flavor 1st, a grower and packer of fresh produce in the Southeast, recently completed its first year of partnership with Polymer Logistics for the supply and management of reusable transport packaging solutions across all its operations. Polymer Logistics RPCs made over 3.5 million trips carrying 31 different.....

East Africa anticipates benefits from Kenya - US direct flights

Officials from governments in East Africa and aviation companies operating in the region have reacted enthusiastically to the fact that Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has achieved Category One status. This means there will now be direct flights between Kenya and the US. This development.....

Mexico lime supplies suffer double blow

The Veracruz lime growing region in Mexico has been affected by the recent cold weather. The exceptionally cold conditions last week have damaged trees, with reports that flowering buds and budding fruit has fallen off the trees."Cold temperatures have affected lime supplies out of Mexico," said Mario.....

US trucking industry struggles with growing shortage of drivers

America’s trucking industry is facing a growing shortage of drivers; this is pushing some retailers to delay nonessential shipments or pay high prices to get their goods delivered on time.A report from the American Trucking Associations says more than 70 percent of goods consumed in the US are moved by truck,.....

Having handled 2.84 million TEUs in 2017

Port of Virginia: new annual volume record

The Port of Virginia has set a new annual record for container cargo volume, with more than 2.84 million twenty-foot equivalent units -or TEUs-: a 7 percent increase over last year’s total.“In 2017, we moved 185,000 more TEUs than we did in 2016, which until now, was our highest volume year on record,” said.....

New Zealand:

Christchurch Airport - December was busiest month ever

Christchurch Airport statistics reveal the number of passengers through the terminal was the highest number for any month on record. Some 638,043 passengers used the terminal during December, up 4.8% compared to December 2016.The growth highlights the resurgent contribution Christchurch makes as the primary.....

China: Walmart invests in online fresh food sales

In February 2018, Wal-Mart will stop writing the "mart" part as a separate word and officially rename itself as Walmart. The world's largest retailer is going to change its 48-year-old name in order to emphasize its ambitions on both the online and offline markets. Walmart and JD.com signed a strategic.....

China: Many deliveries delayed by snow

On 4 January 2018, the State Post Bureau made a delivery service announcement: from 14:00, 4 January, until 14:00, 5 January, the snowfall in many different areas, such as south central Henan, the middle east of Hubei, the northwest of Hunan, the majority of Anhui and Jiangsu, and the northeast of Guizhou,.....

Pakistan and Iran to give Russia access to the Indian Ocean

Some of the most promising projects for 2018 -and onwards- are dealing with the development of north-south transport routes in Central Asia. Countries like India, Iran and Pakistan are already heavily involved.At the end of December 2017, a new transport corridor through Russia was opened with Iran ferrying a.....

Uzbekistan to create green corridors to Baltic States & Belarus

Currently, Uzbekistan is working out the issues involved in opening green corridors for fruits and vegetables to its neighbouring countries, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Belarus. This issue was already addressed in the state program ‘Year of support of active entrepreneurship, innovative ideas and.....

Swedish online retailer now making 100% green deliveries

A new type of delivery is set to hit the roads in Sweden today (12 Jan). After collaborating with Volkswagen, AL-KO, ABT and Carlsen-Baltic, MatHem, the country's largest online grocery store, is now making deliveries with a 100% electric van. This move makes them one of the first companies in Europe to.....

Colombia: Refrigerated containers are key for the export of fruit

The Port Society of Buenaventura (SPB) doesn't stop by day or night, it works 24 hours to mobilize 43.6 percent of Colombia's cargo. More than 315 million dollars have been invested in the port in recent years, which have allowed it to move one million TEU (20 foot containers) in 2017 and rank as one of the 10.....

Vietnam Airlines concerned about US direct flights

General Director of Vietnam Airlines, Duong Tri Thanh, is concerned about the Vietnam-US direct air route which was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Tranh said that it would take a long time to break even or make profit through direct flights to the US.Furthermore, it would not be easy to complete.....

Peter van de Laar, Rotterdam Fruit Wharf: “No arrivals at all”

Storm brings Port of Rotterdam to a standstill

Last week, work in the Port of Rotterdam was brought virtually to a standstill due to a storm. It had become unsafe to work at the terminals because of the gale. In the Waalhaven, among other places, stacks of containers were blown over by the storm.Photo: Martijn van der Velden, Eimskip“No containers at all.....

India: Artificial fruit ripening centre to be set up soon

Green bananas that turn bright yellow in a few hours. The same bananas, having black blotches on the peel later in the day. A taste that is not too fresh. These are indications of chemical ripening, which is becoming a real problem in the Indian state of Assam. It is also posing severe health hazards to.....

Consolidation of container shipping industry continued at good pace in 2017

The consolidation of the container shipping industry continued at a good pace in 2017 and was marked by the completion of UASC's acquisition by Hapag-Lloyd in May, as well as that of Hamburg Süd by Maersk line in late November. This, according to the analysis carried out by Alphaliner, is a testament to the.....

Paying as much as $12,000 for a truckload

US freight rates are extraordinarily high

“Historically, transportation has always been challenging around Christmas and the beginning of the New Year,” says Ronnie Cohen with New Jersey-based Vision Import Group. The availability of trucks is limited, and freight rates are high as a result. Thursday’s snow storm in the Northeastern part of the US.....

Maersk Line sees Nepal as long-term trade partner

At a recently concluded trade meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, Maersk Line announced its intent to push for accelerated trade in the country. The Nepal import market doubled in the past five years and Maersk line is confident of a continued momentum.In June 2017, Maersk Line moved the first-ever container shipment.....

Fresh Pack Logistics starts in Barendrecht

As of January 1 2018 Fresh Pack Logistics B.V. is starting its activities in the former Olympic Fruit building at the Trade Centre ZHZ 40B in Barendrecht. Fresh Pack Logistics B.V. will focus on offering logistical services in cooling, storage and overhaul and cross docking fruit and vegetable produce. Customs.....

Millions still going hungry

India wants to stop $14 billion annual food waste

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), some 194 million Indians are still going hungry daily, despite India wasting food worth about $14 billion a year.India, one of the world’s largest food producers, is trying to tackle waste during production, processing, retailing and.....

By Stemilt Growers president Tate Mathison

India: Mumbai cold storage facility inaugurated

On the 16th of December, IG International’s newly acquired cold storage facility in Mumbai was inaugurated by Stemilt Growers president Tate Mathison. The facility has the capacity for storing 4,000 pallets on an area of 5,000 square meters, maintaining temperatures ranging from -20 to 20ºC.“IG’s leadership in.....

Nigeria's first ‘Dry Port’ comes on line

On January 4th 2018, president Muhammadu Buhari is set to commission Nigeria's first Inland Dry Port, in Kaduna. This will come as a relief for the importers and exporters in the North Western part of the country.The dry port is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road, rail and air to a sea.....

China: The largest high end cold chain distribution center breaks ground

On 29 December 2017, after an investment of 8 billion yuan, the building of the Nanjing Hainan Airlines Comprehensive Distribution Park and the Xie Xin New Energy Battery Storage System was started in the Jiangning Development Zone. Hainan Airlines Modern Logistics Group signed a strategic partnership for this.....

Subsidiary of Iran Shipping Lines launches Khorramshahr-Sohar service

The Bulk and General Cargo Carriage Company, a subsidiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, has launched a new freight service between the ports of Khorramshahr and Sohar.According to Oman’s ambassador to Iran, Saud bin Ahmad Khalid al-Barwani, the new shipping route would boost trade between the.....

Kashmir:

India: Parimpora fruit dealers to fund Controlled Atmosphere store

The New Kashmir Fruit Growers Association intends to construct a 5000 metric ton controlled atmospheric (CA) store for preservation of fruits with an estimate cost of 260 million rupees (3.4 mln euros), borne by the fruit dealers union itself. An official of the Horticulture Department said that the government.....

Nuagaon, Sundergarh:

Absence of cold storage: Indian tomato farmers resort to distress sales

While they have yet to recover from last year’s distress sale of tomatoes, farmers in Nuagaon -in the Indian Sundargarh district- are being forced to go for distress sale again this year. In the absence of proper cold storage, farmers have no choice but to sell their produce at throwaway prices to middlemen......

International cargo facility at Pune not a big hit with Indian exporters

Some six months ago, the Indian international cargo facility at Pune Airport was presented with much fanfare. However, response from both exporters and airlines has so far been lukewarm. Information obtained from airport officials shows that an average of 430 kg cargo is exported every day from Pune Airport,.....

China: First shipment of imported fruit arrives at Tongling

On the morning of December 28th, 20 tons of green bananas from the Philippines reached the Yangzi foreign trade wharf at Tongling. This was the first shipment of imported fruit for the Tongling port since it opened on November 21st, 2017. This shipment formally opened trade in imported fruit at.....

Lorry’s safety system prevents collision with child in Norway

Volvo lorries are equipped with radar that recognises pedestrians and automatically activates the braking system in case of emergencies. This dashcam shows how a child leaves the school bus and is nearly hit by a lorry in Norway. The lorry’s automatic brake system is activated and saves the child from dying.