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Hamburg most important port for Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is located in the middle of Europe and is one of the fast-expanding growth markets, following the enlargement of the EU. Due to its short distance to the Czech Republic, the port of Hamburg offers a wide range of transport options which enable fast processing of Czech imports and exports......

Direct connection between Peru and Philadelphia

Hamburg Süd: Fresh fruits for the USA

Exactly on time for the start of the main South American mango and grape season, the Hamburg Süd Line starts a weekly, direct connection from the Peruvian port of Paita to Philadelphia. With a transit time of nine days, this service offers Peruvian exporters and US importers a premium product that is precisely.....

NZ: Total trade through Port of Tauranga increases by 10%

The Port of Tauranga recorded a 10 percent gain in total trade to 22.2 million tonnes in 2017 and handled a record 1.08 million containers, up about 14 per cent from 2016 levels.The port forecast 2018 profit will rise as much as 10 per cent, saying it expects a strong pick-up in freight volumes in the first.....

Slot booking for trucks in Hamburg mandatory from 29 November

On the 29th of November 2017, the slot booking process (SBV) will come into force at the port of Hamburg. The container terminals of HHLA will only be accessible for trucks that have booked a valid slot for their transportation, on the condition that they make use of the registration. Please learn about the.....

DeltaTrak's FlashLink monitoring solution gets new security features

DeltaTrak has announced the addition of a new data security feature to the FlashLink BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Wireless Monitoring Solution.According to Frederick Wu, President and CEO of DeltaTrak, “With the new security feature, shippers have the option to require receivers to enter an access code before.....

China: First batch of Costa Rican pineapples arrive in Shanghai

Last Friday, October 13, the first direct ship loaded withCosta Rican pineapples arrived in Shanghai. It was the result of an agreement between China and Colombia signedlast March. The batch was transported by Yijunde International Freight Forwarding Ltd, which was also responsible for customs clearance,.....

Carrier Transicold Introduces TechLINE® Academy

Carrier Transicold has unveiled their new TechLINE Academy which will help train container refrigeration technicians, with self-paced online courses and new instructor-led technician certification programs.“Carrier Transicold is well-established when it comes to manufacturer supported training for technicians.....

APL renews Taiwan terminal lease at Port of Kaohsiung

APL’s Taiwan terminal will continue to receive both its vessels and those from other carriers including CMA CGM, its parent container shipping company, for an additional 10 years.The lease will start from January 1, 2018, and end on December 31, 2027.In the months ahead, APL will be upgrading its terminal.....

Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, KSS Japan

Japan: From logistics provider to exporter

The fresh produce industry has quite a complicated supply chain. Typically companies specialize in different parts of the supply chain. We have farmers, exporters, logistics providers, etc. Not all companies have the expertise to perform multiple functions in the supply chain.According to Hiroyuki Yamaguchi of.....

Cooler inventory management system advanced with paperless picking function

Warehouses and coolers are an inevitable element of the fresh produce value chain. “We developed RedLine Cooler to support grower-shippers with real-time, 100 percent visibility of inventory, while increasing staff productivity,” says Todd Baggett with RedLine Solutions. “The system also optimizes product.....

Miguel Ángel Gómez, president of Afruex:

Spain: "Extremadura's stone fruit competitiveness could improve with better railway network"

The lack of a modern railway network in the region of Extremadura also has an impact on the export strategies for the region's stone fruit, which would be "much more competitive" in Europe if it could gain access to the EU countries in a "faster and more affordable way." This was stated by the manager of the.....

China: Prices of fruit imported through Tianjin harbour dropping

Autumn is the consumption high season for the fruit market. So far, in 2017, a total of 104,960 tons of imported fruits have passed through the Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Tianjin. The data reveals a situation where the trade volumes stay the same, but the prices drop. Interestingly, the imported fruit.....

China: The 12th Shenzhen International Logistics and Transportation Fair

The 12th Shenzhen International Logistics and Transportation Fair has begun and will last for three days. There are 14 halls in total and the activities during the fair include high-end industry summits, business meetings between domestic and oversea companies and job fairs. More than 19,000 companies from.....

myEnso – complete range of 100,000 products in assortment

Online Supermarket of the future starts in Bremen, Germany

Many big companies are currently trying to get a foothold in the billions-worth online grocery shopping market. However, the online sales system is not perfect yet and the demand of the German customers is still low. In Germany, of the approximately 200 billion Euros annually spent on food only 1% is spent.....

China: First unmanned warehouse

A few days ago, Jingdong Logistics introduced the world's first completely unmanned warehouse to the public. It is the first logistics centre in the world with a complete process sequence that is unmanned and operating on a large scale. And what's more, it's running on clean energy! The whole roof is plastered.....

"Next year London Gateway will be the key UK port for Southern Hemisphere"

The SH Pratt Group, better known for the import and ripening of bananas, is about to start a whole new business at DP World London Gateway. The company has leased a 110,000 sq ft of multi-temperature, frozen and chilled storage, processing facility and ripening rooms. The new business will be called.....

Panalpina launches online rate quote for airfreight

In its latest move toward digitization, third-party logistics provider Panalpina launched an online rate quote function for its new online customer portal.The Swiss company said it had completed a successful pilot project with selected airfreight customers to introduce its automated online quotation and.....

United Airlines sees cherry shipments grow 54%

United and other U.S. carriers have reported that demand for fruits, vegetables and other short-shelf life products, is growing, a United spokesman told.According to the spokesman, the airline transported 3.2 million tons of cherries in 2017, 54 percent more on the year, with its largest markets in Osaka,.....

CMA CGM opens new storehouse in Lebanon

The CMA CGM group has opened a logistics storehouse in the heart of the Bekaa valley in Taanayel, Lebanon, offering a tailor-made logistics solution for reefer customers in the country’s richest agricultural, commercial and industrial region.With a total area of 20,000 m2, the logistics storehouse allows the.....

SEA-invest considers setting up fruit terminal in India

SEA-invest NV, a fruit terminal operator, is weighing plans to set up a facility with an automated warehouse and cold storage near a port in Mumbai or Kolkata in partnership with a local firm.This will enable the fruit terminal operator to tap the huge potential in a market where fruits and vegetables worth.....

China: New retail challenges for cold chain logistics

The retail sector changes very quickly. Every day, there are more small orders, frequency increases, channelcharacteristics change, product quality and consumption scenarios have changed too. The retail sector adjusts itself according to young customers needs and it is a huge challenge for logistics. That is.....

Together for the first time at the ANUGA fair

Nordfrost and STEF – a European partnership in deep-freeze logistics

The international company, Nordfrost, market leader in deep-freeze logistics in Germany, and STEF, the European market leader in climate-controlled logistics, will exhibit for the first time together during the 34th Anuga trade fair in Cologne (7-11 October 2017).Nordfrost and STEF will join forces during the.....

Valencia-Rotterdam refrigerated rail service to launch next year

A refrigerated rail service between Valencia in Spain and Rotterdam in the Netherlands will be launched in January next year. Initially, the service was scheduled to commence in November this year, with services running up till Cologne in Germany.Fred Lessing, manager of the collective shippers group Cool Rail.....

Alibaba invests huge sums in Cainiao - JD.com is ready to conquer the market

According to a Telworld report, the Alibaba Group has announced it's going to invest 5.3 billion yuan in the Cainiao Network. The percentage of Cainiao shares belonging to Alibaba will change from 47% to 51%, which means Alibaba will have a controlling interest. It is planning to raise100 billion yuan in five.....

Spain: Protection requested for trucks crossing through Catalonia

The Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producers' Organizations of Almeria (Coexphal) has called for protection to be given to trucks departing from the province of Almeria loaded with fruits and vegetables in transit through Catalonia.Coexphal has made this request to the deputy delegate of the Government of.....

Temperature-controlled freight rates increase amidst reefer container scarcity

A shortage of refrigerated containers has led to a 2 percent increase in temperature-controlled freight rates in the second quarter and prices are set to rise further once peak season begins in the final quarter of the year.The US$51 increase in reefer freight rates to $3,042 in the second quarter contrasted.....

Report predicts a loss in shares for specialized reefer carriers

Container shipping lines are increasing their share of the seaborne reefer market and are forecast to accelerate their assault over the coming years, according to the latest edition of the Reefer Shipping Market Review and Forecast 2017/18 published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.In 2016, the estimated.....

Gothenborg and Helsingborg - the Rotterdams of Sweden

With three main cities within a radius of no more than 500 km, and since the Baltic Sea does not freeze over, even in the extreme cold, the ports of Gothenborg and Helsingborg remain ice-free year round. It is no wonder the two largest harbours in Sweden are located at these cities.The port of Helsingborg, the.....

Danish trailer rental company enters the Netherlands

Trailer rental company in the Nordics, PNO, is now expanding its business with an office in the Netherlands. The Dutch market of yearly registered trailers is the same size as the entire Nordics, and with similar legislation and working culture as Denmark, the assessment is therefore that it should be easy to.....

Johan Claes:

“Shipowners see benefits of docking directly at fruit terminal”

The 3.6-kilometre long quay of BNFW in Antwerp, Belgium, is busy. A large deep-sea container boat is mostly hidden from view due to the containers on the quay. Only a few dozen metres from the quay, a goods train goes by over a level crossing, destination: Switzerland. Shipment: bananas. “We manage our own.....

Rise of reefer containers also felt in West Africa

For many products, Latin America is the market leader in production. These countries are lord and master on the market, especially for bananas. Only a small number of companies specialise in the import from Africa. Every week, a ship with bananas from Africa docks at the Vrasenedok in Antwerp. The French.....

Port of Virginia now allows ag imports from South America

Importers of perishables from South America can now move their cargo across The Port of Virginia as the port is now a participant of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program.Virginia is the newest member of a pilot that is designed to import fresh fruit to U.S......

Ag export coalition calls for increased funding to USDA export programs

More than 120 members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports are urging leaders of the House Committee on Agriculture to increase funding for USDA export promotion programs in the new farm bill.The coalition sent a letter to Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Ranking Minority Member.....

Spain joins Dutch Lean&Green initiative

Lean&Green, the European initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions from logistic processes has been brought to Spain by AECOC, thanks to the commitment of 15 companies to promote an efficient and sustainable development model.The companies includedAlfil Logistics, Capsa Food, Chep España, DHL España, DIA.....

Africa Express Line orders 500 Star Cool refrigerated containers from Maersk

Africa Express Line (AEL) is expanding its refrigerated container fleet with the addition of 500 Star Cool Integrated containers manufactured by Maersk Container Industry (MCI).The containers will be deployed to service AEL’s owner, French fruit exporter Compagnie Fruitiere, in routes to and from Europe and.....

Maersk Line announces Transpacific network service updates

Maersk Line has announced the following changes to their Transpacific network.TP8 Service EnhancementWith the intention of improving service reliability on the TP8 service, Maersk Line will make the following changes:Advance Ningbo port call to Friday morningAdvance Long Beach and Oakland port callsThe first.....

CMA CGM to acquire Sofrana Unilines

CMA CGM has agreed to acquire the majority of shares in Sofrana Unilines, a significant player in the Pacific Islands regional maritime trade.The French carrier will make the purchase through its subsidiary ANL, which already offers 16 trade lanes servicing major ports throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua.....

NZ: Hawke's Bay's Napier port considers new levy on pipfruit

Increasing charges at Napier Port have got Hawke's Bay industries up in arms.Following increased fees, a new insurance levy has reportedly tipped local port users - across the horticultural sector, exporters, and transport companies - over the edge.Port CEO Garth Cowie said one of the fees being considered by.....

Ecuador gets preferential rates in United Arab Emirates

The Exports and Investment Promotion Institute ProEcuador and Dubai Ports World (DP World) signed an agreement last September 14 that makes Ecuador the first Latin American nation to obtain preferential rates with this international port operator.The agreement aims to improve trade relations between the.....

China: First international cooling containers go to Russia

On September 25th, a special train fully loaded with international cooling containers of the Longhai type, carrying onions, departed from Qiqihar railway station (Heilongjiang province). This special train will leave the country near the trading post in Manzhouli city (Inner Mongolia province) and head for.....

China: Xinjiang approves another port for fruit imports

On 22 September, the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine approved the port of Alashankou for fruit imports. This happened after the port had already obtained approval for the importation of meat.The Chinese imports of citrus and mangoes from Pakistan, and cherries.....

Alain Tulpin, Flanders Cargo Alliance:

“Our transport platform stands up to the big boys”

Eight Flemish companies from around Ostend, Belgium, have been combining forces since April 2017, so that they have a stronger position against the major transporters. The platform takes care of transport, storage and logistics, for both road, air and water traffic. All kinds of goods, including fruit and.....

Spain: Port of Almeria wants to resume vegetable exports to the UK

The president of the Port Authority of Almería (APA), Carmen Ortiz, has expressed her interest in having talks with operators in the horticultural sector and shippers in order to resume the export of these products to the United Kingdom, as well as to explore contacts with the olive sector of Jaén for the use.....

Carriers update South American network ahead of Hamburg Sud acquisition

MSC, Maersk Line, Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM are reorganizing their South America services in the months leading up to Maersk closing its acquisition of north-south specialist Hamburg Sud and finalizing the sale of its Brazilian cabotage subsidiary Mercosul.Ocean carriers Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM will.....

Chile: The port of Valparaíso exported 38% more fruit

A notable increase, close to 40%, was recorded by fruit shipments from Puerto Valparaíso during the 2016-2017 season, according to the closing assessment conducted by the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association, Asoex.The national cycle culminated with a favorable increase of 4.3% in relation to the 2015-2016.....

Goodfarmer group

First private vessel of Costa Rican pineapple and banana to Shanghai

“The only way of entering China´s market with our well-known Costa Rican perishable items is by having a direct service from our Pacific side of the country. Otherwise, our company and as well other exporters have to deal with the obstacle of about 30 days transit time”, starts the director Figueroa of.....

Germany: EDEKA opens new ripening facility for bananas in Saxony

Today, the EDEKA-Group has opened the first CO2-neutral ripening facility in Borna, Germany. Starting from now, around 50,000 boxes of bananas per week will be ripened there, that amounts to 286 million bananas per year (2.6 million boxes). They will then be delivered to storage locations of EDEKA and Netto.....

China: Real-time monitoring system improves import and export transparency

"A suitable temperature and humidity are the most important factors for guaranteeing the quality and storage of fruit and vegetables. In the past few years, more and more fruit and vegetable importers are understanding this. That is why the requirements for temperature and humidity loggers are getting.....

Its pioneering role in digitization is met with great interest in China

Port of Hamburg suggests integrated logistics solutions in Qingdao

Lars Anke, the representative of the Port of Hamburg in China, South Korea and Japan, presented the integrated logistics solutions the Port of Hamburg uses to deal with the transport challenges of the 21st century, during the 2017 East Asia Seaport Alliance Assembly for the East Asia Marine Cooperation.....