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Maersk advises logistics planners on hurricane season preparation

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30 and marks one of the seasonal supply chain disruptor events that require a logistics gameplan in advance and ad hoc decision-making once storms appear in the early stages before they develop into hurricanes. Last year, the Atlantic hurricane…

Customers’ requirements for frozen berries keep evolving

Immunity-boosting fruits have received way more attention from consumers, as the pandemic has drawn the focus towards foods that help strengthen immune system. According to Kerry Hultin, marketing specialist for OctoFrost, berries appear to be one of the fruits of choice: “Berries have proven to be an…

Yantian port: Congestion and delays to continue until July

The chaotic situation at the Port of Yantian has not shown any signs of improvement yet. The Covid-19 related inspection and preventive measures have been tightening by local…

SIIM expands cooperation with Kloosterboer and makes supply chain more sustainable

The French tropical fruit producer SIIM (Sociéte Internationale d’Importation), a division of the Omer-Decugis & Cie group, and logistics service provider Kloosterboer began their cooperation at the end of 2020. Initially, Kloosterboer began by handling containers of pineapples from Ecuador at its Cool…

Nansha International Container Terminal emerges as substitute amid Yantian congestion

On 7 June, the Guangzhou Port Company confirmed that Nansha Port Area is operating normally, without Covid-19 cases. The company has also implemented a number of prevention measures for truck drivers to control the risk of an epidemic in the port area. This might mean that the Nansha International…

Brasil Terminal Portuário requests lease renewal with U$ 260 million investment plan

Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) – a 50/50 joint venture between Terminal Investment Limited and APM Terminals – requested the early renewal of its leasing contract in the Port of Santos this month. The company committed to an investment of around 1.3 billion Reais (approx. U$ 260 million) over the next…

Why the Asia-Pacific is the next frontier for cold chain

The year 2020 was undoubtedly a tough year for logistics. Although the sector was definitely marked as essential in a time when people increasingly opted to have goods shipped to their homes, the sudden increase in demand meant that many logistics businesses had to play catch-up. Cold chain logistics…

Yantian port congestion impedes container shipping more than Suez Canal incident

Container shipping analyst Lars Jensen, CEO of the Danish shipping consultancy company Vespucci Maritime, claims that the ongoing container disruption in the Chinese Port of Yantian, caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, has already blocked a larger number of containers than the number of boxes that were…

Despite shippers expanding their container fleets:

Port congestion and strong demand likely to keep rates elevated

Although container shipping companies are investing in new capacity, rates are likely to remain elevated amid the global shortage. This shortage has seen average container costs rise by three or four times, especially for material from Asia to Latin America. Last Friday, German container shipowner…

Chinese market has not received Peruvian avocados for some time due to repeated shipping delays

Avocados from large farms in Peru had already entered the Chinese market around the middle of May last year, but this year the product quality of Peruvian avocados has not yet…

North Carolina: Innovative cooling method increases sweet potato profits

More than 100 operations across North Carolina now use negative horizontal ventilation to increase profits and shelf life of sweet potatoes for customers. This is a method of…

Higher shipping costs are deleterious to smaller firms

Despite high demand, Vietnamese exporters are struggling to send their goods abroad because of a nearly five-fold year-on-year surge in container shipping costs. Shipping…

Closure of one of world's busiest ports may further drive up export prices

A Bloomberg report says the Yantian Port in Shenzhen, one of the busiest ports in the world, may experience delays. This is following a local Covid outbreak which led the port to close some facilities and adopt more stringent virus control measures. A port worker said all goods leaving Yantian Port…

FreshPlaza June Global Focus on Cooling and Logistics

FreshPlaza's June Global Focus is on Cooling and Logistics. Do you have an innovative cooling system or do you have information on new trends in transport? Are the higher freight rates having a significant effect on your ability to export? We would love to hear from you. You can contact us via…


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